Facilitating for Diversity and Inclusion

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“I’m grateful to the DLF for taking their mission of inclusion seriously.”—Stacie Williams
“I love the inclusive, expansive, thoughtful, and community-oriented leadership [of the DLF].”—Chris Bourg

Social justice and the public good are front-and-center in DLF’s mission statement. But these are impossible goals to serve without thoughtful, conscious, welcoming, and dedicated efforts among all our working and interest groups, as well as among our staff and the volunteer committees that help organize DLF Forum.

Below, you’ll find just a few recommended readings and toolkits for pushing against structural racism, systemic gender bias, able-ism, and other forms of oppression and exclusion that are endemic in librarianship and technology fields. This list is far from complete! We welcome your contributions.

  • Consider increasing the safety level of sensitive meetings by running them under the Chatham House Rule.

Code of Conduct

In 2016, DLF staff and members of our newly-established DLF Forum Planning Committee on Inclusivity worked together to revise our Code of Conduct, which had been in place since 2012. The DLF CoC now covers activities happening under the Digital Library Federation umbrella, both in person and online, year-round. All group facilitators are asked to read this document, share with their communities, and contact us with questions or suggestions.


Ally Skills

DLF has also underwritten formal Ally Skills training courses at two recent Forums, most recently in Milwaukee, 2016 with Bess Sadler and Mark Bussey. Interested in having this opportunity available at a future DLF Forum or in helping us to fund opportunities like this? Let us know.

“The level of generosity, drive toward inclusion, & care for colleagues in the @CLIRDLF community inspires, astounds.”—Bethany Nowviskie

Table of Contents

  1. About DLF and the Organizers' Toolkit
  2. Working with Team DLF
  3. Starting a New Initiative or Working Group
  4. General Facilitation and Goal-Setting
  5. Facilitating for Diversity and Inclusion
  6. Preventing and Managing Burnout
  7. Gathering Info/Building Enthusiasm
  8. Planning an In-Person Meetup
  9. Setting Up Year-Round Meetings
  10. Talking and Writing
  11. Organizing and Sharing Your Work
  12. In a Nutshell