Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) and its Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are committed to recognizing, enhancing and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in all forms. MLA is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment that fully supports and promotes our commitment to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire library community, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all. Our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan will serve as a road map for MLA and includes Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as a Strategic Priority and as a Belief and Guiding Principle.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Priority:

  • Advance, advocate and support a more diverse and inclusive environment within MLA amongst our board, staff, volunteers, and members. We are committed to ensuring that all individuals who apply to, work with or otherwise interact with us are treated with fairness and respect and accorded equal opportunity. We must be vigilant that our programs and services are inclusive of all library personnel in all cities, townships, and villages, in rural, suburban and urban areas in both the Upper and Lower Peninsula.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Belief and Guiding Principle:

  • We believe that by investing in equity, diversity and inclusion that the library community will be energized and empowered to embrace best practices in the 21st century.

We believe without a doubt, that this new plan will guide us in expanding and improving how we deliver core services and help us envision a more culturally rich environment for Michigan through public, academic, school and special libraries. Read the full plan here.

MLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

During the 2019 MLA Annual Meeting that took place Thursday, October 17 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi at the MLA 2019 Annual Conference, MLA's membership adopted and signed the MLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

Adopted by the MLA Members on October 17, 2019

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) and its Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are committed to recognizing, enhancing and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all forms. MLA is committed to create an equitable and inclusive environment that fully supports and promotes our commitment to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire library community, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all. In order to do this, we will:

  • Certify that all organizational leadership, staff and volunteers embrace the values of mutual respect and dignity for all persons when looking at our internal practices and policies with relation to governance, volunteer service, and employment, ensuring equality of opportunity that is free from unfair discrimination and harassment.

  • Ensure open, responsive and respectful communication with staff, members, volunteers, and any/all statewide stakeholders.

  • Create a strong collaboration and partnership with the community in any interactions regarding issues of diversity and equity, ensuring that we are reflective and responsive to the needs of the diverse state we serve.

  • Continually monitor and evaluate our internal and external activities to ensure we are providing an environment that welcomes equality and diversity in all its forms, allowing us to set an example of best practices to create a culture of shared values and cross-cultural understanding.

MLA is committed to expanding diversity and inclusiveness across the State, including embracing and encouraging the rich physical, cultural, racial and ethnic differences that make-up the Michigan library community.

Read the full statement here.


 

Members line up to sign MLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion statement on October 17, 2020 at the annual meeting during MLA 2020 Annual Conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. Members sign MLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion statement on October 17, 2020 at the annual meeting during MLA 2020 Annual Conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
 


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