WisLibIDEAWisconsin Library Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity in Action (IDEA)

This site is for any Wisconsin public library staff member interested in devoting more time to learning about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how to bring that learning to their libraries and communities.

Project Learning Models

There is more than one way in which you, the learner, can interact with this project. Choose one or all to fit your needs and schedule.

The Group Education option includes three one-hour webinars from The People Company delivered “live” virtually and recorded for later playback. These webinars serve as the basis for the Independent Study option. We encourage you to use the content on our Independent Study page with your staff, board, friends, or community.

The first of the webinar series began in February 2022 and guides Wisconsin library staff through “talking about race” in the library and in their communities. The second webinar focuses on helping library staff prepare for tricky conversations around diversity, inclusion, equity and anti-racism. The final webinar discusses why diversity matters in majority white spaces.

The Additional Resources option is appropriate for anyone wishing to improve their ability to talk about race on their own time and at their own pace.  Participants can access webinars, articles, videos, worksheets, and other activities.

About the Website

In order to protect some of the proprietary information provided to the Wisconsin Library Community on this website by The People Company, and to make our discussion forum available to all participants, a free account is required to access some areas of the website.

You can register for a WisLibIDEA account, login to your account, or recover your WisLibIDEA password here: https://www.wislibidea.com/login.

You may also log in or out of the site at the bottom of any page. Login | Logout

Libraries Talk About Race Advisory Group

Group members are:

  • offering their voices and perspectives on racial equity and how Wisconsin library workers can take action in the context of learning. 
  • learning about how continuing education is provided to public libraries statewide in Wisconsin.
  • learning about the possibilities within projects that are funded through LSTA
  • connecting with colleagues across the state who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

This project was made possible thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) Public Library Development Team, with funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services