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2023 OLA Conference

The Riverhouse - Bend OR
Date: April 19 - 22, 2023
Registration expected to open end of January


Overdue: Weeding Out Oppression in Libraries
Podcast Series, Launched 3/31/22
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism (EDIA) Committee

Episode 10 (released 11/30/22)
Libraries, Communities and Mentorship - Connecting the Dots with Loida Garcia-Febo

In this episode, we talk with Loida Garcia-Febo – a Puerto Rican American librarian, International Library Consultant expert in library services to diverse populations and human rights and the 2018-2019 President of the American Library Association – about the importance of getting out of the library and into communities, mentoring staff, in particular nurturing Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), and equipping all with empathy to better serve library communities. Trust is an important factor in doing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism work in libraries, as Garcia-Febo explains. Library staff need to work alongside community partners outside of the library to build that trust.

Hosts: Roxanne Renteria and Brittany Young

Date Recorded: September 20, 2022


  • Putting "Friendly Places" on the Map with Roland Barksdale-Hall

    In this episode, we talk with Roland Barksdale-Hall, Branch Manager at the Stey-Nevant Branch Library in Farrell, PA and an author, activist, historian, and griot. Our conversation touches on forging deep community connections, confronting biases, being true to oneself, active listening and making people feel seen, and the huge impact we can have on others. Roland shares his own inspiring story and the active work it took to truly become “the friendly place” in his community. The episode is full on concrete advice for library workers at every point in their career.

    Date of Interview: August 19, 2022
    Hosts: LaRee Dominguez and Meredith Farkas


     EDI Antiracism Toolkit Now Available

    EDI Antiracism Toolkit, Digital Copy (pdf)
    EDI Antiracism Toolkit, Hard Copy (pdf)

    PLD Director's Training Session on the EDI Antiracism Toolkit
    1/29/21 Recorded Session (youTube, approximately 2 1/4 hours)



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Oregon Library Association Quarterly (OLAQ)
Check out the new issue Vol. 27, No. 1!

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Visit the new website now for information on upcoming issues, search for archived articles, and find out how you can contribute your voice to a publication dedicated to representing Oregon libraries and staff!