New training resources addres civility and bias in the workplace

Monday, February 13, 2012
American Libraries Magazine

CHICAGO - Two new training resources addressing civility and bias in the workplace are now available from the ALA Office for Diversity. 

Developed by the ALA Office for Diversity and the ALA Committee on Diversity, these training cards feature strategies for increasing civility and combating bias to help foster diversity in the profession.  Each card helps define the topic, its effect on the workplace and strategies for addressing the issue.  The cards are designed to be used as conversation starters, for one-on-one coaching or in professional development programs. 

The issues of civility and unconscious bias in the workplace come up again and again in conversations with librarians from across the profession,” said Alexandra Rivera, associate librarian at the University of Michigan Library and chair of the Committee on Diversity.  “It’s difficult to find training materials that address these issues from a library perspective and that can be easily introduced into different situations.  We hope that these cards will help shed light on these important issues and stimulate discussions in libraries.”

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