Established as an Ad Hoc Committee January 29, 2016
Proposed Standing Committee June 8, 2018
Full Standing Committee status, October, 2018 via ILA membership vote.
The purpose of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion is to advance awareness and improve service to a wide range of often underserved populations in Iowa. The Committee will promote awareness of issues related to traditionally underrepresented groups.
The Committee for Diversity and Inclusion is comprised of no more than seven members, with the chair being a member of the ILA Executive Board. Members serve three year staggered terms. Additional members may be appointed at the request of the Committee and/or at the discretion of the Executive Board.
Created May 2016
Revised July 2019
This page last updated December 07, 2019.
The Iowa Library Association (ILA) sees issues relating to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion as inherently linked and essential to the practice of librarianship.
ILA takes a broad view of these issues, considering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of our membership, the communities we serve, the state of Iowa, nationally, and globally.
ILA values, supports, and promotes inclusive practices, and considers and encourages diverse perspectives.
Libraries have an important role in empowering diverse or underrepresented populations.
It is vital that libraries, those who serve within libraries, and professional associations demonstrate an understanding of informed, considered, respectful, and responsible practice for the greater good, not only for the communities served, but also within the profession itself.
ILA is proactive and committed to efforts that combat racism, prejudice, stereotyping, harassment, and discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, “race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, color, religious background, national origin, language of origin or disability” (ALA Policy Manual Section B: Positions and Public Policy Statements, American Library Association, 2019, p. 24).
Beyond the areas listed above, ILA is committed to remaining flexible and adaptable in response to the ways in which our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion changes over time, working to align ILA’s efforts to be at the forefront of social progress, social justice, and cultural competence as they relate to libraries.
Adopted by the ILA Executive Board
December 6, 2019