From Stereotype to Empathy to Inclusion: How Diversity can bring Strength to the LIS Workforce

In this workshop, two ALIA special interest groups, ALIA Multicultural and ALIA Disability, join forces to explore diversity in the LIS workforce and the importance of learning from the Multicultural and Disability sectors when it comes to strengthening inclusion to the LIS profession. What are the daily challenges that library staff from diverse backgrounds face? Or those of us with hidden disabilities? Or perhaps both?

This interactive workshop will showcase a short video (vox pop) interviewing LIS professionals and then open for small group discussion with attendees followed by a sharing of the ideas generated. The session will conclude with a panel discussion on how we can all strive to improve and facilitate inclusion in our workplaces.

Amy Rake

ALIA Disability

Author Bio

Amy Rake is the Children’s Services Office at the Tamworth Regional Library. Amy is a qualified primary and high school teacher. She received her degree from the University of New England Armidale and Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga. She delivers innovative programs with a focus on Literacy, Numeracy and STEAM subjects. She is also a disability and dementia advocate and works within this space. She is the convenor for the ALIA Disability group and the Chairperson for the local Dementia alliance group. She has a passion for making the library an accessible and inclusive space for all.

Joey Chung

ALIA Multicultural

Author Bio

Joey is a self-proclaimed crazy librarian, who likes to spice up the library tour and presentation with a sense of humour. Joey has been working towards breaking stereotypes since joining Holmesglen Institute in 2011. Joey became a Website and Systems Librarian in 2015, managing the library website, Library Management System, and Holmesglen Institutional Repository. Joey joined ALIA Multicultural in 2023 and co-hosted the first ALIA Multicultural webinar about Stereotypes.  Joey was the ASPIRE Award winner in the Holmesglen Awards Festival 2023.