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Coalition for Library Workers of Color: Home

Join Statement of Support & Action

The news cannot be ignored. While it's important to remember that libraries welcome everyone, racism is still in existence in our communities and our profession. RCLS condemns racism towards Black people and all People of Color.

   RCLS will be undertaking to continue education and open dialogue initiatives, both immediately and for the foreseeable future, in order to open communication and have a meaningful conversation as to how we can support you, our field, and the library community.
   The first program in a series on racism and inclusion will be held on Tuesday, June 17 at 10 a.m. via BlueJeans: Understanding Racism.
   The second program will feature a panel of librarians of color speaking about their experiences in the profession. This program will take place on Wednesday, July 1 at 10 a.m. Registration for the panel may be found on the RCLS Calendar.
   In addition to providing the platform and programs to foster conversation, RCLS will work closely with the Coalition for Library Workers of Color to increase diversity in library staff and support the career growth of this population.
   The call to action is long overdue. We hope you will join RCLS and the Coalition for Library Workers of Color to further the conversation and become an integral part of the fight to end racism.
Grace Riario, RCLS Executive Director

EDI Trainings Not Recorded

RCLS, in its commitment to carry out EDI Trainings, have provided the following trainings and opportunities to member libraries:

  • Virtual Big Read Program with author Michael McCreary; April 6, 2020
  • "Resilience" Viewing and Discussion; April 28, 2020 & May 14, 2020
  • Understanding Racism; June 17 & 24, 2020
  • Debriefing: Understanding Racism; June 29, 2020
  • Panel Discussion: Librarians of Color and Diversity in Libraries; July 1, 2020
  • Alzheimer's & Your Patrons; July 7, 2020
  • Book Discussion: How to Be an Antiracist; August 3, 2020
  • Windows & Mirror Books; September 14, 2020
  • Understanding Your Constituent Groups: Jewish Population; October 5, 2020
  • Diverse Book Finder; October 13, 2020


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