Introducing the ACRL President’s Program EDI Discussion Series

ACRL President Lauren Pressley
Lauren Pressley, Associate Director for Learning & Outreach.

ACRL President Lauren Pressley

The ACRL President’s Program provides an opportunity for the current ACRL president to address a library issue of professional interest that may benefit the field. The program has traditionally involved an event at the ALA Annual Conference. This year we are aiming to supplement this event with an additional event at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and a series of blog posts to facilitate discussion throughout this year. My presidential program focuses on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in support of ACRL’s Core Commitment to EDI.

The discussion starts with this blog, where the program planning committee and invited authors will provide insights on a variety of EDI topics and issues facing our profession. The goal is to provide resources for learning and advocating for improvements. We hope to learn and grow together, and reiterate our belief that a more welcoming, more supportive, and safer academic library world is possible for all.

While these posts aim to reach a wide audience, ALA conference-goers will have the opportunity to attend two scheduled events focused on organizational change in support of EDI:

  • 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting / Saturday, January 26, 1-2 p.m.
    • Discussion Forum with Dr. Terryl Ross, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Washington College of the Environment
    • This interactive workshop will present a new diversity and inclusion organizational model. Together, we will discuss all five levels of this model and what it takes to realistically move your organization to the next level.
  • 2019 ALA Annual Conference / Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • “Equity, Diversity, Inclusion… and Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here?” with Dr. Angela Spranger, Christopher Newport University.
    • Dr. Spranger, author of Why People Stay: Helping Your Employees Feel Seen, Safe, and Valued addresses contemporary issues around diversity, leadership, and inclusiveness throughout the employment lifecycle. Through intensive dialogue, shared narrative, and humor supporting the theoretical material, Dr. Spranger shares an approach to inclusive leadership that leaves participants energized and engaged.

I also want to thank the ACRL President’s Program Committee for all their work to support this series and our events. I have been inspired by their enthusiasm and work towards these goals: Hallie Clawson, Nastasha Johnson, Leo Lo, Rebecca K. Miller (chair), Rachel Rubin, Jason Sokoloff, and Megan R. Griffin (staff liaison). I look forward to sustained conversation and work in support of making our field a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive community.

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Lauren Pressley
ACRL President 2018-2019
Director of the UW Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries
University of Washington, Tacoma