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First Tuesdays

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First Tuesdays was designed as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State. This free web presentation allows attendees to share their skills and successes and learn about new topics. The special-subject presentations, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience.

Next Session

December 7, 2021, 9 a.m. PACIFIC

The library profession at all levels has expressed deep commitments to improving diversity, equity and inclusion- including commitments from ALA, WLA  and the Washington state Office of Equity,  Libraries of all types and sizes across the State are looking at their staffing, their collections and their services and asking fundamental questions about who we are, who we serve and how we actively address inequities.

WSL is leading the way and beginning a long journey to not only understand, but incorporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into every part of our organization and service to the library community. To start this journey we are hosting a First Tuesdays session with two very important voices in the conversation. Join ALA President Patty Wong, WA State Equity Office Director Dr. Karen Johnson, and WA State Librarian Sara Jones as we discuss how we start, the struggles, and our efforts in DEI. This conversation starts with and includes all of you, the library staff across the state. Come and let your voice be heard.

Karen A. Johnson, PhD, director of the newly created state Office of Equity. The Office of Equity, established by the Legislature, was signed into law by Inslee in April of 2020. The office will work with agencies to increase access to equitable opportunities in order to bridge opportunity gaps and reduce disparities. The office will also work with communities to develop the state’s five-year equity plan. The office is tasked with putting together a 5-year plan for achieving equity in Washington state. Her statement: “I will work toward equity and justice for all, until justice rolls down like waters.”


Patty Wong is the first Asian American to serve as president of the American Library Association (ALA). For three decades, I have been an advocate of diversity in the workplace, and a speaker in many work environments, conferences, and for the Spectrum Institute. With colleagues Camila Alire and Luis Herrera, we created a training—The Color of Leadership—to develop diverse library leaders. I have authored many writings on EDI in the workplace and in LIS training. I am currently implementing a statewide grant—California Libraries Cultivating Race, Equity, and Inclusion (CREI)—focused on training for library staff teams from more than 20 systems to develop and implement equity action plans in their home libraries, reviewing staffing and internal and external policies and procedures. All of these efforts contribute to the organizational readiness and commitment of maintaining an ethnically diverse and inclusive work environment.


Hi there, 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Dec 7, 2021 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: First Tuesdays: DEI and Washington Libraries

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Contact Information

Tami Masenhimer, Training Coordinator
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