Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion

In recent years, many libraries and organizations as well as colleges and universities have begun to focus on diversity and inclusion. Keeping pace with this trend, the American Library Association’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has submitted a 50-page Final Report with recommendations for moving the Association forward. What is interesting is that the terms diversity and inclusion are so often lumped together that they are assumed to be the same thing. They are not. In the context of the workplace, diversity equals representation. This article suggests that without inclusion, however, the crucial connections that attract diverse talent, encourage their participation, foster innovation, and lead to organizational growth won’t happen.