Western Libraries will hold its annual Staff Development Day on Wednesday, Aug. 29. In order to provide an opportunity for as many staff members as possible to participate, including the Libraries’ student employees, Western Libraries will be closed to the public on this day.
Western Libraries is committed to creating and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for its employees and patrons. Recognizing that effective implementation of organizational and professional development must also be inclusive, the Libraries’ one-day closure will enable all of its students, staff, and faculty to participate in the professional development opportunities planned for this day.
During the past several years, employees within the Libraries have actively engaged in conversations and planning in order to create a more inclusive environment, to give student employees a stronger voice in the library, and to serve patrons better. Past years’ themes for Development Day have focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As a continuation of this same work, this year’s program will focus on inclusive excellence. The professional development activities planned for the day are intended to continue important conversations, build a better understanding about diversity and inclusion, and improve Libraries staff members’ daily interactions with their colleagues and the community they serve.
For more information about the Libraries commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion or if you have any questions, please contact Andrea.Peterson@wwu.edu.