The Special Libraries Association (SLA) Diversity & Inclusion Task Force (D&ITF) was tasked with a one-year appointment from January to December 2017 by the 2017 (then) President Dee Magnoni to research diversity and inclusion in SLA in an effort to identify concrete steps for the association and the profession to progress forward. Our charge includes making recommendations to the Board to develop recommended internal procedures and proposed structure of a committee(s), or other outcome, that will provide focus to diversity and inclusion initiatives for the association.

The Diversity Inclusion Community Equity (DICE) Caucus is one outcome of the D&ITF. The SLA Board approved the caucus be open to all SLA members without an additional fee.

Please visit the SLA Connect community to read the D&ITF’s final report to the SLA Board with all its numerous recommendations, presented to the Board in late 2017, as well as a report on a survey sent to all SLA unit leaders in early 2017. In addition, Connect will house a repository of tools and other resources that SLA units can use to assist in their inclusion efforts. We welcome your input!

You are always welcome to contact any of the DICE co-conveners:

Clara Cabrera

Jesse Lambertson

Michael Sholinbeck

Michele Villagran

SLA President Roberto Sarmiento

Statement of Purpose

SLA’s Diversity, Inclusion, Community, Equity (DICE) Caucus is a permanent, organized presence of diversity and inclusion (D&I) within and for the association and its members. All SLA members may join DICE at no charge. DICE provides tools and more for units and members. 



Events, Webinars, Links, RSS

Events, webinars, etc. – conferences, lectures, webinars on Diversity Inclusion Equity and Community in LIS:
  • STAND Symposium– The first forum in this four-part series will begin with a dialogue that assesses the significance of documenting student activists within contemporary movements of social injustice impacting marginalized communities and with those directly engaging in this work—student activists. February 21, 2019 at AUC Woodruff Library, Exhibition Hall, Atlanta, Georgia.  Free & Open to the public.
  • Archives and Diversity at the Manchester Meeting Place in Manchester, UK on April 5, 2019.  The focus of the afternoon will be on diversity in the Archives workforce and methods of improving inclusivity.  Free & Open to the public.
  • ACRL 2019 – Recasting the Narrative. April 10 – 13, 2019, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.  Please see this great Google Doc on the sessions put together by Eamon Tewell – Critical ACRL 2019
  • From Community to Curriculum: Translating Social Responsibility into Archival Education  – April 12-13, 2019- This symposium seeks to begin a discussion about creating an archival curriculum that addresses contemporary societal needs while at the same time honoring traditional archival theory and that explores theoretical frameworks, methodologies and best practices for teaching archives in a socially conscious environment.  Simmons University – School of Management, Boston, MA.  Free & Open to the public.
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Libraries Empowering Communities – Annual Joint-Mini Conference – May 10, 2019 –Presentations will focus on how to better support our multicultural communities through empowering multicultural collections.  Langston Hughes Library, Queens, N.Y.
  • CAPAL19: The Politics of Conversation: Identity, Community, and Communication – CAPAL/ACBAP Annual Meeting – June 2 -4, 2019 The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians – Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019.   To be held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) people.
  • SLA Annual Conference will have several DICE events.  The conference June 14-18, 2019 in Cleveland OH.
  • IDEAL ’19 to be held Tuesday–Wednesday, August 6–7, 2019 formerly the National Diversity in Libraries Conference.  Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives.  To be held in the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.