Inclusion Statement from the NLS8 Committee

The members of the NLS8 Committee come from all over Australia, have various personal backgrounds and political beliefs, and work in many different places.  Diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equitable participation in libraries are something we all feel strongly about.  These are not token issues – we believe they should be at the heart of this profession, now and in the future.

To prove it, we’re making a statement.  This statement will inform our planning process, and we’re making it openly available because we want you to hold us accountable for the decisions we make. 

You can download a PDF version of this statement here.

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We welcome you to the 2017 ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium.

We welcome people of any race, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, size, culture, sexual orientation, ability level, age, neurotype, religion, political opinion, language and identity.  We welcome activists and advocates, rabble-rousers and radicals. We welcome the introverts and the extroverts.  Whether you just want to catch up with friends or you want to change the world, we welcome you.  We welcome you to speak, to attend, to participate, to lead, and to connect with us.

We welcome people from outside the library and information world. We welcome students, retirees, archivists, curators, gallery attendants, book lovers, informationists, coders, hackers, information and records managers and more.  We believe in welcoming and listening to the broad spectrum of views that we bring to this profession.  We believe in treating each other with respect and dignity.  We believe in creating a safe, accessible, and supportive environment for all symposium attendees.

Accessibility is a priority.  Neurodiversity is a given.  We may not get things right all the time.  But we want to learn, and we will listen to you respectfully and non-defensively.  Tell us what you need and tell us when we get it wrong, if you want to.  We’re listening.  We see you.  We want you here.

We’ll be as transparent in our decision-making as we can.  We’ll encourage diversity and inclusion through every stage of our planning process, and help our speakers make their presentations as accessible and inclusive as possible.

We’re inspired by, and put into action, the ALIA Member Code of Conduct, which you can find here:

We welcome you to build something wonderful with us.  Welcome to NLS8.

The Committee for the ALIA New Librarians Symposium 2017

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