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Diversity & Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success

  • 06 Nov 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Rines A Room, Westin Portland Harborview, NAHSL 2022 Annual Conference, Portland, ME
  • 19


As information professionals, it is our collective responsibility to create opportunities where individuals are encouraged and supported to bring their most authentic selves to the library. This level of authenticity will come as a result of an intentional effort to cultivate spaces where people feel free to use whichever personal pronouns suit them, where individuals feel safe and comfortable to use the restroom that matches their gender identity, where librarians of color are offered the same support and professional development as their white counterparts, where diverse individuals can speak their truths and bring lived experiences to discussions without being attacked, mocked, or abused in the workplace, and where barriers are removed that may prevent people with accessibility issues from taking full advantage of library services and spaces. Tempered with experience and wisdom, this course will tackle challenges head on that diverse individuals face as it relates to libraries and librarianship.

**A boxed lunch and refreshments will be provided during the session

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • Explain the importance and relevance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries and librarianship
  • Identify and acknowledge personal dimensions of diversity
  • Apply best practice strategies for building and sustaining a diverse workforce
  • Reflect on first-person narratives of DEI champions in comparison to their own lived experiences

Cost: $100 for NAHSL members, $200 for non-members

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Shannon D. Jones, MLS, M.Ed, AHIP

Shannon D. Jones (she/her) is the Director of Libraries for the Medical University of South Carolina Libraries in Charleston. Shannon is also Director for Region 2 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine. A long-time MLA volunteer, Shannon currently serves as 2022-2023 MLA President. In 2018, Shannon co-founded the MLA Reads Virtual Book Discussion Club to provide a forum where participants can learn, discuss, and process the implications of a variety of DEI topics on their work as information professionals and in their personal lives. Shannon is the co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success.

Beverly Murphy, MLS, AHIP, FMLA

Beverly Murphy (she/her) has been a librarian for 42 years and is Assistant Director, Communications and Web Content Management at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives. She is also the Hospital Nursing Liaison for the Duke Health System and Liaison for the Watts College of Nursing. A Distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, Beverly has served in several capacities for the Medical Library Association including the first African-American President and recipient of the Marcia C. Noyes Award, MLA’s highest professional distinction. She also served as MLA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Board Liaison (now Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee) and Chair of the MLA Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee. She is co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success published in 2019.



Questions? Contact Eugenia Opuda, NAHSL Education Committee chair,

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