(ALA 2012) Understanding Issues of Equity and Inclusion

A poster presented at ALA’s Diversity & Outreach Fair
Anaheim, CA – 6/23/2012:

How to Maintain an Inclusive Library

Cultural Diversity Discussion Topics

Test Yourself for Hidden Bias (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Librarians
(Association of College & Research Libraries)

Academic Year 2012-2013 Diversity Calendar
September 2012

National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
September 3 – Labor Day [U.S.]

September 10-18 – Deaf Awareness Week
September 15 – International Day of Democracy
September 16 – Independence Day [Mexico]
September 17-18 –  Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
September 22-October 7 – Oktoberfest [Germany]
September 27 – 28 – Mashiyyat [Baha ‘i]
September 30 – Mid-Autumn Festival [Korea]
September 30 – Mid-Autumn Festival [China]

October 2012
Diversity Awareness Month
Disability Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Mental Illness Awareness Month
German American Heritage Month
Italian American Heritage Month
Polish American Heritage Month
October 1 – International Day of Older Persons

October 1 – National Day of the People’s Republic of China
October 1 – World Habitat Day
October 1-8 – Sukkot Feast of Tabernacles
October 2-7 – National Golden Week [China]
October 3 – National Foundation Day [Korea]
October 3 – Day of German Unity [Germany]
October 5 – World Teachers’ Day
October 5 – Chung Yeung Festival [Hong Kong]
October 8 – Columbus Day [U.S.]
October 8 – Thanksgiving Day [Canada]
October 7 – Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
October 9 – Hanguel Proclamation Day [Korea]
October 10 – World Mental Health Day
October 15 – International Day of Rural Women
October 16 – World Food Day
October 16 – Navaratri [Hindu]
October 20 Birth of the Báb  [Bahá’i]
October 21 – Durga Puja [Hindu]
October 24–  Dussehra [Hindu]
October 25-26 –Yom Kippur
October 26 – Eid al-Adha [Muslim]

November 2012
National American Indian Heritage Month
November 2 – All Souls’ Day [Mexico]

November 11 – 12 – Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
November 11 – Veterans Day [U.S.]
November 13 – Diwali [Hindu]
November 14 – World Diabetes Day
November 15 – Al-Hijira (Islamic New Year)
November 15-December 13 – Muharram
November 16 – International Day of Tolerance
November 20 – Universal Children’s Day
November 21 – Revolution Day Memorial [Mexico]
November 22 – Thanksgiving Day [U.S.]
November 24 – Ashura [Muslim]
November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

December 2012
Universal Human Rights Month
December 1 – World AIDS Day [U.N.]

December 1 – Rosa Parks Day [U.S.]
December 2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 5 – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
December 8 – Bodhi Day  [Buddhist]
December 8- 16 -Hanukkah
December 10 – Human Rights Day
December 12 – Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe [Mexico]
December 15 – Bill of Rights Day [U.S.]
December 18 – International Migrants Day
December 20 – International Human Solidarity Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Boxing Day [Canada]
December 26-January 1 – Kwanzaa
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
December 31 – Omisoka [Japan]

January 2013
January 1 – New Year’s Day

January 1 – Gantan-sai (New Years) [Shinto]
January 7 – Orthodox Christmas Day [Russia]
January 14 – Makar Sankrant [Hindu]
January 14 – Religious Freedom Day [U.S.]
January 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 24 – Milad un Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad) [Muslim]
January 27 – International Commemoration Day in Memory of Victims of Holocaust
January 30 – Greek Education Day

February 2013
African American Heritage Month
February 6 – Constitution Day [Mexico]

February 7 – Magha Puja [Buddhist]
February 8 – Nirvana Day [Buddhist]
February 9-11 – Seollal Holiday [South Korea]
February 10 – Chinese New Year
February11-15 – Spring Festival Golden Week [China]
February12 – Mardi Gras
February 13 – Ash Wednesday [Christian]
February 15 – Nirvana day (alternative date) [Buddhist]
February 15 – Vasant Panchami [Hindu]
February 18 – President’s Day [U.S.]
February 20 – World Day of Social Justice
February 21 – International Mother Language Day
February 24– Lantern Festival [China]
February 24 – Mahashivaratri [Hindu]
February 24– Purim [Jewish]

March 2013
National Women’s History Month
Irish-American History Month
March 3 – Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) [Japan]

March 8 – International Women’s Day
March 11 – Commonwealth Day [Canada]
March 14 – Zhonghe Festival [China]
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
March 20-21 – Naw-Ruz (Iranian New Year) [Bahá’i]
March 21 – International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 24 – Palm Sunday
March 25 – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
March 25-April 2 – Passover[Jewish]
March 27 – Holi [Hindu]
March 29 – Good Friday/Holy Friday [Western Christian & Eastern Orthodox]
March 31 – Easter

April 2013
Celebrate Diversity Month

April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
April 4 – International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
April 4 – Qing Ming Jie [China]
April 7 – World Health Day
April 11 – Padwa/Ugadi  [Hindu]
April 14 – Varsakhi [Hindu]
April 15-16  – Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) [India]
April 20– Ramanavami & Swaminarayan Jayanti [Hindu]
April 21-May 2– Ridvan Festival [Bahá’i]
April 22 – International Earth Day
April 23 – World Book and Copyright Day
April 23 – St. George’s Day [Canada]
April 25 -Theravada New Year [Buddhist]
April 25– Hanuman Jayanti [Hindu]
April 29 – Shōwa Day [Japan]

May 2013
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
May 1-2 – Spring and Labor Day [Russia]

May 3 – World Press Freedom Day
May 5 – National Day of Prayer
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo [Mexico]
May 9 – Victory Day [Russia]
May 15 – International Day of Families
May  15 – Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) [Jewish]
May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development
May 23 – Declaration of the Báb [Bahá’i]
May 20 – Victoria Day [Canada]
May 25 – vesak or Buddha Day [Buddhist]
May 27 – Memorial Day [U.S.]
May 29 – Ascension of the Bahá’u’lláh  [Bahá’i]

June 2013
Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
Caribbean American Heritage Month
June 4 – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

June 5 – World Environment Day
June 5-6 – Isra and Mi’raj [Muslim]
June 12 – Russia Day [Russia]
June 12 – Dragon Boat Festival [China]
June 20 – World Refugees Day
June 23 – United Nations Public Service Day

Creating an inclusive environment is an ongoing process.
Be cognizant that a patron’s access to the library may be limited due to experiences of marginalization outside the library.
Librarians often increase patron services by advocating for equity and inclusion beyond the library’s walls. 

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