Action Plans

2019 Action Plan

We Stand Against Racism - Antiracism statement from TRL Administrative Team released July 15, 2020

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan 

- Draft version 1 PDF  - August 2020

EDI Action Plan v2  - October 2020

2020-2022 Strategic Direction Timeline by Quarter

July - September 2020
October - December 2020
January - March 2021
April - June 2021
July - September 2021
October 2021 - December 2022
Beyond 2022

Actions by Department

Administration  

  • Review policies through EDI lens for Board of Trustees approval
  • Review procedures through EDI lens for Executive Director approval
  • Executive Director will work with Board of Trustees to identify EDI trainings for the Board of Trustees
  • Write and distribute Anti-Racism Statement
  • With staff, create EDI Action Plan July 2020-2022 in alignment with 2020-2022 Strategic Direction
  • Approve Racial Equity All Staff Training Plan developed by Public Services Team, Training and Development Coordinator

Collection Services

  • Collection Development
    • Prioritize professional development that centers on EDI
    • Selectors will audit their ordering for diversity 
    • Consult with reading lists, blogs, and other resources created about and by BIPOC/Own Voices authors and featuring BIPOC/Own Voices characters
    • Provide support for staff reader’s advisory around EDI
    • Ensure our commitment to EDI is clear in our Collection Development Guidelines
    • Continue to provide a wide variety of voices and experiences in our collections
    • Work with our vendors to advocate for appropriate subject headings and tagging to highlight own voices materials in their highlighted selections and bibliographic records they provide
    • Advocate to publishers for increased publication of BIPOC/Own Voices authors
    • Review existing weeding policy to ensure that special consideration is given to materials featuring BIPOC, LBGTQ+, or disabled characters and/or authors.
  • Cataloging
    • Enhance subject headings to make diverse titles more easily accessible for patrons and for staff doing Reader’s Advisory – add in local subject headings highlighting BIPOC/Own Voices, etc.
  • Social Media/Blog Posts
    • Give staff and patrons a preview of new EDI items coming soon to their branches. Build excitement around new materials!

Creative Services

  • TRL’s Marketing Plan and Communication Strategies will reflect our diverse communities
  • Publicity materials are Bilingual (English & Spanish)
  • Publicity materials translated into other languages as needed
  • Create a work plan to ensure our marketing and communications strategies support EDI
  • Ensure accurate video captioning for TRL created or promoted videos
  • Ensure all images added to website have accompanying alternative text

Facilities

  • Every library is ADA accessible
  • Gender neutral restroom signage
  • Increase the number of RFPs awarded to women and minorities, including advertising in Spanish and on additional bulletins

Human Resources

  • Ensuring policies are accessible, anti-racist, non-gendered, anti-ableist
  • Hiring practices are improved to limit bias towards race, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, and other minority and protected groups
  • Include preference for language proficiency or cultural background and knowledge in job bulletins
  • Implement a confidential reporting process for staff and patrons experiencing microaggressions and racism
  • Conduct exit interviews to learn where TRL can improve
  • Provide training for supervisors to promote awareness of cultural sensitivity and ways to support inclusion and equity

IT

  • Website is accessible for all patrons including alternative text for images
  • Translation of content into multiple languages

Public Services

  • Anti-Racism Staff Training Plan, including micro-aggressions, completed by all staff
  • Ensuring policies are accessible, anti-racist, non-gendered
  • Public Services staff reflect communities:
    • 25% public services staff are Latinx or Spanish speakers
    • The number of BIPOC employees is increased by 20%
  • Staff receive training to ensure staff and patrons are addressed by appropriate pronouns and are not misgendered
  • Staff are engaged with Spanish speaking, black, indigenous, and people of color communities 
    • Staff training to hold engagement events
    • Regular engagement events take library staff members into communities to communicate directly with community members
    • Programs and services are designed to accommodate the needs of communities
  • Programming
    • Staff are comfortable talking about race and diversity in Storytime, book groups, and other programs
    • Standards to guide staff in implementing EDI practices and principles in program, outreach, and engagement with patrons
  • Prioritize promotion of own voices, materials in non-English languages, and materials featuring black, indigenous, and people of color
  • Staff In Charge Training includes de-escalation tactics and calling the police as a last resort
  • Provide orientation to security guards on TRL’s EDI and de-escalation techniques
  • Review existing Volunteer Policy to allow for the development of a thriving diverse volunteer corp to facilitate expanded programs that will appeal to a wider audience.
  • Social media posts include alternative text with images and accurately captioned videos

July - September 2020

  • Administration: 
    • Write and distribute Anti-Racism Statement
    • With staff, create EDI Action Plan July 2020-2022 in alignment with 2020-2022 Strategic Direction
    • Approve Racial Equity All Staff Training Plan
  • Collection Services:
    • Selectors will audit each of their order carts and include BIPOC, Own Voices, and diverse authors and characters - Ongoing
    • Ensure our commitment to EDI is clear in our Collection Development Guidelines
  • Public Services:
    • Racial Equity Staff Training Plan in development, begin to assign trainings
  • Human Resources:
    • Confidential reporting process for staff and patrons experiencing microaggressions and racism implemented

October - December 2020

  • Collection Services:
    • Work with EDI Workgroup to develop core list of subject headings to make diverse titles more easily accessible for patrons and for staff doing Reader’s Advisory – add in local subject headings highlighting items that are written by or featuring characters who are BIPOC/Own Voices, etc.
    • Give staff and patrons a preview of new EDI items coming soon to their branches. Build excitement around new materials to assist with reader's advisory and online book carosels or lists. 
  • Public Services:
    • Host staff Community Conversations to engage staff members and integrate racial equity practices within the district
    • Begin training engagement staff to have Community Conversations 
  • Facilities:
    • Gender neutral restroom signage
  • Creative Services:
    • Established practice for all materials produced in English and Spanish

January - March 2021

  • Public Services:
    • Organize Community Conversations across the district to engage with the public and start a dialogue
  • Creative Services:
    • Alternative text and accurate captioning for TRL created content
    • Revise TRL Branding Standards to include guidelines for alternative text and captioning
  • Facilities:
    • Complete ADA Audit of Library Buildings
  • Human Resources:
    • Policies and procedures have been reviewed
    • Review of hiring practices is complete and plan created for any necessary improvements

April - June 2021

  • Public Services:
    • Organize Community Conversations across the district to engage with the public and start a dialogue
  • IT: 
    • Alternative text and accurate captioning for website content

July - September 2021

  • Public Services:
    • Organize Community Conversations across the district to engage with the public and start a dialogue

October 2021 - December 2022 

  • All actions listed below are complete by December 2022

Beyond 2022:

When we are successful in completing the work highlighted in this Action Plan we will have created a foundation from which to sustain continual work towards equity, diversity, and inclusion.

 

Archive

2019 Action Plan - v. March 2019 -

Past versions will remain accessible on this page:
2019 Action Plan - v. February 2019 -

Strategic Planning Process

 

 

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