Library Faculty Publish Book Chapters on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Academic Libraries

Four faculty members in University Libraries have published book chapters in “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action: Planning, Leadership, and Programming.” The new book, published in September by the American Library Association (ALA), features chapters from David Gwynn, digital projects coordinator and associate professor, Tiffany Henry, discovery cataloger and assistant professor, Stacey Krim, curator of manuscripts and assistant professor and Erin Lawrimore, university archivist and associate professor.  

While academic libraries need approaches to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that position these priorities as ongoing institutional and professional goals, the model programs outlined include a variety of initiatives that possess clear goals, demonstrable outcomes and reproducible strategies. 

With this volume’s model programs to guide them, academic libraries and their staff can successfully strengthen their own DEI initiatives. Librarians, administrators and directors will all benefit from the programs detailed inside this book, which discuss the following topics:

  • A university library’s community of practice for interactions and learning around DEI 
  • Cultural competency training to create more welcoming instruction spaces 
  • Student workshops on literature searches that mitigate bias 
  • Overcoming the historic tendency to marginalize LGBTQ+ representation in archives 
  • A curriculum and design workshop that moved from discussing social values to embedding them in actions 
  • The founding of a library-led LGBT club for students at a rural community college 
  • A liberal arts college’s retention-boosting program for first-generation students 
  • Tailoring a collection and library services to the unique needs of student veterans 
  • A framework for moving from diversity to equity and inclusion, toward a goal of social justice