WYOMING LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

In July 2020, then-President Abby Beaver created an ad hoc Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion committee to create an EDI statement for WLA and to recommend future activities related to EDI in Wyoming libraries. Volunteers met during fall 2020 and created an EDI statement that was adopted by the Executive Board in December 2020.

The committee will continue its work, including ensuring that resources and future activities are responsive to the needs of WLA members and updating the statement annually. They will also create and maintain information and resources pertaining to EDI initiatives on the WLA website, such as land acknowledgements, diversity audits, and policies that impact those affected by systemic racism and discrimination.

 For more information, contact committee chair Conrrado Saldivar.

EDI Statement

December 2020

The Wyoming Library Association acknowledges that systemic racism and discrimination has harmed people in our communities, across our state, our country, and internationally. WLA commits to first looking inward and understanding how we got here and how we perpetuate these systems. With this knowledge, we will dismantle these structures and build equitable, diverse, and inclusive systems.

WLA recognizes its constituents' and members' deep connection to the land and natural environment, and how it intersects with culture, economy, and policy, in forms such as ranching, mineral extraction, national parks, public lands, tourism, recreation, spiritual inspiration, rural character, and other aspects. WLA acknowledges these lands were established and founded through the forced removal and continued oppression of Indigenous peoples and have historically excluded the presence and voices of marginalized identities. The nation’s history of settler colonialism and slavery, along with its capitalistic structures and beliefs in rugged individualism imposed on the land, serve as the foundations to Wyoming’s vast and textured human landscapes.

WLA commits to serve all members and constituents regardless of the many intersecting dominant and marginalized identities we occupy including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, ability, language, age, sex, national origin, and size. WLA will promote EDI through shifts in all aspects of library service: internal as well as public facing; individual as well as organizational; in a continual feedback loop with each layer informing the others. Transformations through day-to-day practices, long-range planning, hiring practices, space design, collection development, programs, etc., aim to include participation of people who have been historically left out of the decision-making process. We recognize that ongoing education and working consistently toward EDI is necessary to achieving our mission; this statement is the foundation of WLA’s commitment to the process.

Resources, Events & Webinars

At Your Convenience

Diverse Book Finder​
Libraries: School and Public
Target Audience: Youth Services
Collection analysis tool for picture books.

Diversity and Diversity Audits
Libraries: All
Target Audience: Collection Development
A brief overview on diversity audits, and particularly useful if you weren’t able to attend “Building Diverse Collections” presented by Eva Dahlgren (Teton County Library) and Sarah Mailloux (Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library) at the 2021 WLA Conference.

Finding Diverse Books Without a Hashtag
Libraries: All
Target Audience: Collection Development
Tips on how to find diverse books now that We Need Diverse Books has dropped the #OwnVoices hashtag​.

I’m Your Neighbor Books
Libraries: School, Public
Target Audience: Youth Services
Various projects that welcome New Arrival and New American communities.

Inclusive Metadata & Conscious Editing Resources
Libraries: All
Target Audience: Cataloging/Tech Services
Extensive list of resources "related to conscious editing and anti-oppressive metadata practices."

National Archives Black Wall Street: 100 Years Since the Tulsa Race Massacre
Libraries: All
Target Audience: All
Featured document display from the National Archives Museum collections in memory of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Project Enable
Libraries: School, Public
Target Audience: All
Free training to help meet library and information needs of PreK-grade 12 students with disabilities. Also includes a database of over 1,000 resources.

Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth
Libraries: School and Public
Target Audience: Youth Services
Series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

REFORMA Colorado’s 2021 Conference Recorded Sessions
Libraries: All
Target Audience: All
Two recorded sessions, “Cultivating Community Partners through Outreach," presented by Angelique Velasco and “Fostering Empathy through Diverse Picture Books," presented by Ana Siqueira, Cynthia Harmony, and Mariana Llanos.

Spanish for Librarians
Libraries: All
Target Audience: Public-facing positions
Published in 2002, basic Spanish grammar and phrases for library staff. (Note: REFORMA's Translations Committee is actively updating this resource.)

Storytelling for Justice: How Libraries and Archives Hold History to Account
Libraries: All
Target Audience: All
Learn about the power and potential of these memory institutions to confront race, policing, and mass incarceration, to foster equity of access and participation, and to educate and train the next generation of librarians, archivists, and activists.

WebJunction's Spanish Language Outreach Program
Libraries: All
Target Audience: Collection Development, Public-facing Positions, Outreach
Various resources for starting outreach to Spanish speaking populations. (Note: most resources are from 2012, but still provide beneficial starting points.)

Why Use Inclusive Language
Libraries: All
Target Audience: All
Short, but important article about why we should be using inclusive language. Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities.

Wyoming Arts Council’s Arts Access Project Grant
Libraries: Rural, All
Target Audience: All
Up to $750 in funding for “arts projects led by and/or primarily serving BIPOC communities” or organizations meeting other criteria.

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