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

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Join us for the ARL Fall Forum 2021, to be held virtually 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.” The registration deadline is Thursday, September 30.


Aiko Bethea will deliver the seventh annual Blixrud Memorial Lecture. An award-winning and highly sought-after equity consultant, executive coach, and speaker, Bethea 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.

Alexia Hudson-Ward, associate director for research and learning at MIT Libraries, will lead a discussion on what an equitable workplace looks like, how it feels to employees, and how to create one. Joe Lucia, dean of Temple University Libraries, will moderate this discussion.

​​Julie Hannaford, deputy chief librarian for University of Toronto, will moderate a panel discussion on how to hire in an anti-racist way. The panel of human resources and diversity experts from university libraries in the US and Canada will present strategies for overcoming barriers and building an effective recruitment program.

David Zweig, chair of the Department of Management and associate professor of organizational behavior and HR management at University of Toronto Scarborough, will explore reimagining organizational culture. In a discussion moderated by Joanne Bowman, director of Human Resources for Columbia University Libraries, Zweig will examine how organizations respond to culture change and will present strategies for managing new behaviors that have emerged with the rise of the hybrid workplace.

See the Fall Forum webpage for more details.


Registration for the 2021 Fall Forum is open to everyone. The registration fees are as follows:

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

We hope you will join us on October 7 for this day of engaging discussions!


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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