ALA/ARL Seek Feedback on Draft Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework

Possible use to express the concept of equality between multiethnic and multiracial people. Unity and solidarity between people of different cultures. Concept of activist and protest movement. Friendship, solidarity, tolerance and brotherhood among peoples. International and multicultural society and population. Cooperation between communities. Anti-racism protest. Group of multi-ethnic colleagues or collaborators. Meeting between people of different races

The Joint ALA/ARL Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework Task Force seeks feedback from the library community on the initial draft framework. Library workers can submit feedback on the CommentPress site of the associations’ Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework. Please provide feedback on the draft Framework by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

In September 2019, the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS); Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL); Association of Research Libraries (ARL); and Public Library Association (PLA) announced the formation of the Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework Task Force. The task force was charged to create a framework for cultural proficiencies in racial equity that can be used in public and academic libraries through: scanning the environment, including review of relevant documents (such as ACRL Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries) to identify literature and similar statements and frameworks related to racial equity; drafting the framework; seeking comment from stakeholders and the library community on the draft; and revising as needed. 

Since its formation, the task force has held status updates at the June 2021 ALA Annual Virtual Conference and Exhibition and April 2021 ACRL Conference. Through February 2021, the task force developed a logic model, with facilitation by Katherine Skinner, executive director, Educopia Institute. In May 2021, Christina Fuller-Gregory, assistant director of libraries, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, joined the task force to build on the logic model, as well as an environmental scan and findings from a cross-sector survey, to lead the framework development. 

The initial draft framework includes an introduction, four frames, a glossary, and resources for further reading. 

The initial draft framework is now available on the CommentPress site. All library workers are invited to provide feedback on the draft framework by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on March 2, 2022. Two online update virtual meetings will be:

  • February 16, 2022, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Central, for library workers from all library types. Free registration
  • February 23, 2022, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Central, for library workers from public libraries. Free registration.

Following the close of the comment period, the task force will review and incorporate feedback for a potential final draft. If substantial feedback is collected through the online website and virtual forums and significant revisions are needed, a second revised draft framework will be shared widely for comment. When the framework is finalized, it will go through the approval process for adoption by the four organizations, ACRL, ARL, ALA, and PLA.



Nellie Barrett, PLA Program Officer,

DeLa Dos, ARL Senior Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,

Kristin Lahurd, ODLOS Assistant Director for Literacy and Continuing Education,

Allison Payne, ACRL Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives,