Using our Influence: Why I support the Ada Initiative

Update: Librarians donate over $10,000 to the Ada Initiative! On the first day of a 7-day challenge, librarians came through and met the goal. Now we’re looking at stretch goals. See the post above for details.

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Donate to the Ada InitiativeI haven’t been blogging for long, and I don’t blog as much as I’d like. But when I look back at what I’ve written over the past few years, when I look at the people and things I’ve been reading and tweeting, and when I think about the people who are really influencing me both personally and professionally, there’s a pretty clear red thread through all of it: a concern for how discrimination of all sorts infects our lives and a desire to do something about it.

Discrimination in libraries? Really? Yes. Women are underpaid vis-à-vis men; people of color and other minority groups are grossly underrepresented (and underpaid) in libraries; women and under-represented groups suffer from harassment at conferences and microaggressions (and other discrimination) at work.

What can we do about it? We can work from our strengths and personal interests, and we can start working where we are right now. For example: I’m a librarian working mostly in digital library technology, and I have leadership skills and a strong professional network. So I focus on influencing within my workplace and in professional settings where I know I will likely have an impact. And I support organizations (both financially and with my time) that do the kind of work that I believe in.

You can too! Donate to the Ada Initiative to help support women in technology, increase diversity, and fight discrimination.

The Ada Initiative supports women in open technology and culture through activities such as producing codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies, advocating for gender diversity, teaching ally skills, and hosting conferences for women in open tech/culture.”

For each dollar you donate via this Library Campaign link, the library community will match your dollar (up to $5120). And if you donate $128, you can get a pack of these nifty stickers to show the world that you’re not afraid to say the F-word, and declare that you support women in technology.f-word-sticker-final-transparent-bg-800px-300x176