May 21, 2022

New Report From Ithaka S+R & Mellon on Diversity Inside ARL Libraries

From an Introductory Blog Post by Report Co-Author and Ithaka S+R Director, Libraries and Scholarly Communication Program, Roger Schonfeld:

Today, Ithaka S+R is releasing a report in conjunction with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation examining employee diversity within the libraries that are members of the Association of Research Libraries. This is the latest part of a collaborative series between Mellon and Ithaka S+R to support efforts in US higher education and cultural institutions to identify diversity strategies. This report, intended to serve as a benchmark against which future progress can be measured, finds that substantial inequities remain for employees of color in academic libraries.

In the project, we focused our data gathering on a number of variables, including gender and race/ethnicity. Most job categories and seniority levels are majority female all the way up to leadership, although we did note specific job categories, perhaps especially in technology, that are majority male. Libraries present a very different dynamic with respect to employees of color. We found, discouragingly, that as positions become increasingly senior, they become increasingly white.

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Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the Association of Research Libraries: Employee Demographics and Director Perspectives


Roger C. Schonfeld
Director, Libraries and Scholarly Communication Program

Liam Sweeney
Analyst, Libraries and Scholarly Communication


Ithaka S+R

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