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ARL Fall Forum to Explore Talent Management in Academic Libraries through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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Registration is open for the ARL Fall Forum 2021, to be hosted virtually by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Thursday, October 7, at noon–6:00 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT). The theme of this year’s Fall Forum is “Building Up, Reaching Out: Talent Management in Academic Libraries through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.”

Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, demographic shifts and several disruptive trends in higher education signaled the need for new directions in how research library leaders recruit, manage, and retain a capable, diverse, and talented workforce. The Association last addressed this topic during the 2012 Fall Forum. Almost a decade later, library leaders must manage talent amid continuing budget, cultural, and technological challenges. In addition, these leaders now must also develop effective approaches to provide an equitable, inclusive, and diverse work environment, amid and after a global pandemic and open displays of racist behavior within and around the workplace. The focus on talent management for the 2021 Fall Forum will provide research library leaders a timely opportunity to examine their policies, practices, and procedures in transitional and post-pandemic environments.


The seventh annual Blixrud Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Aiko Bethea. An award-winning and highly sought-after equity consultant, executive coach, and speaker, Aiko is the founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting, a consulting practice focused on coaching leaders and organizations to remove barriers to inclusion. She is senior director of the Daring Way and Dare to Lead communities of Brené Brown Education and Research Group.

In addition to the keynote, there will be several programs focusing on creating an equitable workplace, hiring in an anti-racist way, and reimagining the organizational culture post-pandemic. Speakers will be listed on the schedule as they are announced.


Registration for the 2021 Fall Forum opens Thursday, August 5. The registration fees are as follows:

The deadline to register is Thursday, September 30, 2021.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise; advances diversity, equity, and inclusion; and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

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