NYLA Pathways to Librarianship Task Force
Call for Participation
The New York Library Association is recruiting individuals who are interested in creating a more diverse professional community through a lens of institutional and systemic change to join a task force exploring alternative pathways leading to the attainment of a graduate degree in library science.
This task force will be our first attempt at realizing an equitable, straightforward path towards librarianship for all people. This first charge of the task force will be to work towards the development of a Statement of Principles on the topic of Alternative Pathways to Librarianship. Particular emphasis will be placed on creating sustainable practices that allow historically discriminated groups to more easily enroll in library and information science graduate programs, attain graduate degrees in librarianship, retain employment in their chosen field, and advance through the profession. These Principles will be used to create a white paper advocating for systemic reforms and the subsequent creation of a new framework to address inequities.
The composition of the multi-sector task force will seek to be as inclusive as possible -- we are looking for geographic diversity among a broad pool of non-degreed clerks and paraprofessionals working in libraries, library deans and directors, and librarians across all disciplines and specializations. A Master’s degree in library or information science is not necessary for consideration. A current membership in the New York Library Association is not required.
We acknowledge that major systemic inequities exist that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and People-of-Color from entering, thriving, and being retained in the profession. These people are choosing success outside of libraries and are some of the most educated people in the country when compared to their peer groups – the problems are with the profession of librarianship. This has created negative, unsustainable practices for the health and growth of the profession. The New York Library Association would like to recognize our historical shortcomings and failures as an organization to enact meaningful reform on this issue through policy or advocacy.
Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Download a PDF of the chat here.
Links referenced during the Town Hall
The New York Library Association is now accepting applications for their Pathways To Librarianship Task Force. Members of the task force will be appointed to 1-year terms and asked to spend 8-10 hours per month working towards the creation of three deliverables: a Statement of Principles on the topic of Alternative Pathways To Librarianship, a white paper advocating for systemic reforms, and a framework to address inequities.
The Pathways To Librarianship Task Force is committed to diversity and encourages participation from groups that have been historically marginalized. A Master’s degree in library and information science is not required for consideration and people of all educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Please complete the application form no later than Monday, December 21st to be considered for appointment.