February 15, 2017
Conversation on Race and Poverty at RRLC
Kellie Barbato, Outreach Librarian, and Beth Specht, Library Operations Manager, attended a Conversation on Race and Poverty, hosted by the Rochester Regional Library Council at the Henrietta Public Library on February 3rd. This first community conversation for library staff was facilitated by Rebecca Johnson and Jim Thompson, experienced facilitators who have previously worked with the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library on their Conversations on Race. Thirty-six library staff from around Monroe County attended to explore our racial identities, diversity in our work places and the link between race and poverty in this region of New York State.
This event is an example of how libraries are engaged in discussions and access to knowledge that address important social issues. Julie Todaro, ALA President, issued a press release on diversity and inclusion on November 15, 2016, which highlights this focus:
"As an association representing these libraries, librarians and library workers, ALA believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination is central to our mission. We will continue to support efforts to abolish intolerance and cultural invisibility, stand up for all the members of the communities we serve, and promote understanding and inclusion through our work."