In this episode we discuss the Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework, which was approved by the boards of directors of the four partner organizations, the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Public Library Association (PLA), during summer of 2022. Our guests for this episode are Christina Fuller Gregory, Assistant Director of Libraries South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities and Kristin Lahurd, Deputy Director, Conference Content and Engagement. American Library Association.
From the Introduction to the Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework document:
This framework has been developed as a tool both theoretical and practical in its orientation, as a guide for developing personal, organizational, institutional, and systems-level knowledge and understanding of the nature of racism and its many manifestations. Racism results in differential, inequitable, and devastating impacts on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the library and information science (LIS) sector, the communities libraries serve, and beyond. The framework is not intended to be liberatory practice in itself,–an instrument or agent that will abolish racial inequity or a step-by-step guide–but, rather to provide the grounding needed to effect change in thinking, behavior, and practice that will lead to better outcomes for racialized and minoritized populations.
Resources for this Podcast:
- Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity: A Framework
Joint ALA/ARL Building Cultural Proficiencies forRacial Equity Framework Task Force
- Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework –About the Framework