Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee (CARD)
  • Initiate training, programs, and awareness regarding cultural and racial diversity for the profession and the library community.
  • Inititate strategies, in conjunction with the Nominating Committees, to increase cultural and racial diversity in ILA’s membership and leadership.
  • Introduce strategies to recruit workers of varied cultures and races to work in libraries and the profession.
  • Provide recognition for ALA’s Spectrum scholars and encourage participation in the opportunities provided for library workers and others desiring to obtain professional library degrees.
  • Encourage governing boards to reflect the cultural and racial composition of their communities.
  • Seek partnerships with library institutions and organizations to support these initiatives.
  • Develop, monitor, and evaluate diversity efforts in the association and report to the ILA Executive Board annually about achievements, continuing challenges, and strategies for change.

Committee membership is not more than ten personal members from diverse types of library settings.  Members serve three-year, staggered terms.  Chair is appointed by the vice president/president-elect of ILA for one year.



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2014-2015 Chair 

Robin Helenthal (serving term 2012-2015)
Peoria Public Library
107 NE Monroe St.
Peoria, IL  61602-1070
phone:  309-497-2149
fax:  309-674-0116
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Katrina Belogorsky  2012-2015
Melody Coleman  2012-2015
Trixie Dantis 2014-2017
Louise Dimick 2014-2017
Larissa Good 2012-2015
Mary Ann Lema  2012-2015
Elizabeth Marszalik  2012-2015
Neena Nagpal  2013-2016
Deirdre Rawls  2013-2016

Board Liaison
Keshia Garnett