Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Public Library

Presented by: Library Journal & Infobase
Event Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021


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Public libraries have a unique ability to bring about positive social change in their communities, whether by addressing issues of systemic racism, reaching out to immigrants and refugees, or providing essential resources for political, cultural, or personal growth.

Join us to hear a panel of distinguished public library professionals who are embracing their role as community leaders. The thoughtful discussion will spotlight how these librarians are promoting equity and inclusion and offering support for their diverse communities. They will share their experiences improving services for underserved populations, adopting effective racial literacy plans, and taking concrete action to create inclusive and welcoming library spaces and services to uplift their communities.



Paula Kelly, Library Director, Whitehall Public Library

Svetha Hetzler, Library Director, Sun Prairie Public Library

J. Caroline Smith, Inclusive Services Consultant, South Carolina State Library

Tamara King, Community Relations Director, Richland Library


Andrea Blackman, Division Director for the Nashville Public Library's Civil Rights Center and Special Collections Center


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