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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work. 

Diversity Owned Chicago

The American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services would like to honor the individuals who make Chicago such a beautifully diverse, vibrant, and dynamic city through its restaurants, museums, cultural centers, and businesses. This list a sampling of businesses and does not encapsulate all the diverse businesses in Chicago. Click here for more information on diversely owned businesses in Chicago.


Information on the Potawatomi Tribe of Illinois

The American Library Association would like to acknowledge the indigenous history of the state of Illinois and recognize the Potawatomi Tribe.  Click here for more information on the Potawatomi Tribe.