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Dayton Metro Library Wins Diversity Award

On April 24, the Dayton (Ohio) Area Chamber of Commerce and the National Conference for Community & Justice of Greater Dayton (NCCJ) presented the Premier Health Workplace Diversity Award to the Dayton Metro Library. This award honors organizations and companies that are role models as strong advocates for diversity and inclusion. In particular, the award recognizes Dayton Metro Library’s comprehensive approach to diversity.

award“It’s such an honor to receive this award,” said Executive Director Tim Kambitsch. “It affirms that for Dayton Metro Library, a spirit of diversity permeates our operations and is truly part of our culture.”

Since 2006, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the NCCJ have awarded organizations and companies that foster an inclusive work environment in which all employees are inspired to contribute their best through their different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. In 2017, the Greater Dayton Workplace Diversity Award was renamed to honor the award’s first winner, Premier Health.

“Dayton Metro Library is dedicated to diversity and inclusion, which we demonstrate in multiple ways, from workforce development to supply chain, to partnerships,” said Kambitsch. “Most directly, diversity extends through our mission, services, programming, and collections.”

Examples of the reach of diversity in the Dayton Metro Library system include:

  • New recruitment efforts to develop a more diverse workforce
  • Creating a positive working atmosphere for employees with diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to supporting minority-owned, woman-owned, and local businesses
  • A diversity policy adopted by the Board of Trustees
  • Financial support for more than 265 individual diversity-related training experiences for staff
  • Support for a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, dedicated to fostering an environment where every employee perspective is valued
  • Partnering with community organizations that support diversity
  • Offering a diverse collection of materials
  • Providing dedicated services to New Americans, LGBTQIA, detention facilities, mental health services, and older adults
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