SCALA Panel on Diversity

The panel on diversity hosted by SCALA was one of the best panels I have been to at SILS. The librarians present had some really insightful views on diversity, and how you can realistically deal with diversity issues in the workplace. One librarian really emphasized how the the goal of diversity is not necessarily to recruit people who look diverse, but who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. It is more important to have a diverse collection of perspectives to creatively solve a problem or generate a new program. Another librarian discussed the challenges she faces in trying to address diversity in her job. Most librarian jobs are not created specifically to work on diversity issues, and while many organizations value diversity, they do not necessarily help their motivated and creative employees try new things to address diversity issues. Most of the time, you are going to be on your own.

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