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DIAL-IG 2019 Spring Program

Becoming a Leader for Change: Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Event Date: May 31, 2019
  • Event Time: 8:45am - 1:30pm PST
  • Event Location: CSU Los Angeles, John F. Kennedy Memorial Library


  • CARL Members: $30.00
  • Students: $15.00
  • Non-CARL Members: $45.00

The objectives of DIAL-IG include promoting an understanding of diverse user groups; advocating for inclusivity, equity and diversity; and fostering values rooted in professional ethics, social justice, cultural competencies, and democratic practice. While the profession has made some progress, we also know that there is much more to be done. To make greater strides in these areas, we are calling for ALL library folks to adopt a leadership mentality regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This program will feature two concurrent sessions (4 presentations) and a special presentation focusing on conceptual or human skills to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in LIS. A continental breakfast, coffee, and snacks will be provided with conference registration.

CARL DIAL-IG 2019 Spring Program Schedule
8:45am-9:30am Breakfast Registration
9:30am-9:50am Opening Session
Session 1 - Conceptual Skills
10:00am-11:00am “Creating Brave Spaces: The POC Summit as Community Building” “We Can Make it Easy if We Lift Each Other”: Applying a Relational-Cultural Framework to Build Connection”
Break & Special Presentation
11:00am-11:45am “How can zines and zine collections in libraries and archives support local communities and activism?”
Session 2 - Human Skills
11:55am-12:55pm “Mentorship for Recruitment, Retention, & Self-Care” “The Mentor: A Dream Come True or Your Worst Nightmare”
12:55pm-1:10pm Break
1:10pm-1:30pm Join us to reflect on what we learned and how we can all come up with next steps.
Informal Meetup
2:00pm-4:00pm An informal meetup at a local place within walking distance (TBD)

The three-skill approach suggests developable skills that anyone can attain to become a more effective leader:

  1. Technical skills - proficiency in a specific activity or type of work
  2. Conceptual skills - ability to work with broad concepts and ideas
  3. Human skills - being able to work with people

Katz, R. L. (1974). Skills of an effective administrator. Harvard Business Review, 52(5), 90-102.

With plenty of “technical” skills represented at other library workshops and conferences, the DIAL-IG spring program will prioritize conceptual and human skills.

Conceptual Skills Sessions
Addressing any broad concepts and ideas regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
(Examples: microaggressions, intersectionality, White privilege, mentorship..)

Human Skills Sessions
Teaching practical skills to develop, cultivate, and/or advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
(Examples: cultural humility, facilitation techniques, mindfulness, active listening, how to have crucial conversations...)

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, email Tamara Rhodes at

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