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"Reiman, Kara" <[log in to unmask]>
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Reiman, Kara
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:28:49 +0000
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Denver Public Library (DPL) was recently awarded an IMLS LB21 grant to actualize its aspirational values of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) into concrete actions that demonstrate that commitment. A foundational component of this grant project is that it must have broad impact and facilitate cross-collaboration so that libraries throughout the nation can increase their EDI capacity.  As DPL will be convening a national cohort of libraries to co-create and/or vet all tools that can build libraries' capacity to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are looking to recruit and convene a national cohort of 10-15 people serving in EDI roles in their libraries to guide this project. This cohort will be the first of its kind in the United  States and will provide support and resources to staff who are working to expand the scholarship around  EDI in libraries in the United States.

This group will also serve in an advisory capacity for the project and make recommendations about the type of staff training they see as imperative. During their monthly meetings, members of the cohort will benefit by having other people to collaborate with and receive support from while they are doing this vulnerable and difficult work. Because the cohort will be nationally representative, members will be able to provide insight into how local context may affect the effectiveness of various EDI strategies. Together, members of the cohort can understand the scope of the problems and how solutions to those problems play out in different contexts. All of those insights will contribute to the development of a generalizable EDI toolkit with vetted tools that libraries and other cultural institutions can use to apply an EDI lens to every aspect of their operations to transform their culture so all staff and customers feel welcomed, supported, included and valued by staff and each other.

Please share this survey widely. The survey can be asked through this link<>. This survey will close on October 15th. Even if individuals are unable to be a part of the cohort, we are hoping to gather a better sense of the number of people currently in EDI roles and how they are functioning across library systems. If you have any questions, please reach out to Denver Public Library's EDI manager at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Kara Reiman (she/her)
Children's Literacy Specialist
Maine State Library

Maine ALA Councilor