In December 2020 the New York Library Association created a task force as an acknowledgment that major systemic inequities exist that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and People-of-Color from entering, thriving, and being retained in the profession.
The Alternate Pathways to Librarianship Task Force is charged with developing of a Statement of Principles that emphasizes creating sustainable practices that allow historically discriminated groups to more easily join the profession; developing of a white paper that advocates for systemic reforms in alignment with the Statement of Principles; and creating of a framework to model how systemic inequities can be addressed. This work is to be completed by December 31, 2021.
You had expressed interest in participating on the Task Force, but due to overwhelming interest, not everyone was able to be seated. The Task Force has identified several working groups to asynchronously identify domain-specific challenges across library types. If you are interested in participating in this work, please complete this short survey.