May 26, 2022

New Article: “Diversity of ACRL Publications, Editorial Board Demographics”

The following article appears in the November 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News).


Diversity of ACRL Publications, Editorial Board Demographics: A Report From ACRL’s Publications Coordinating Committee


Emily Ford
Portland St. University

Wendi Arant Kaspar
Texas A&M University

Peggy Seiden
Swarthmore College


College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News)
Vol. 78, No. 10 (2017)

From the Article:

Two weeks prior to the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, a hate-inspired mass murder occurred at the city’s Pulse night club. As a response to this horrific event, many meetings, discussions, and programs in Orlando refocused to the discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of ALA. The shock and horror of this tragedy gave more immediacy to initiatives already underway in ALA, and it inspired ACRL’s Publications Coordinating Committee (PCC) to make efforts to better integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the committee’s 2016 to 2017 work plan.


This report shares our findings with the ACRL community, and offers suggestions for moving forward. None of our findings surprise us, but we realize that in order to improve, we need to have a baseline—evidence of where we are now. Further, we believe that sharing what we learned with the ACRL community is in line with our values, and that it will help to promote discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion among other ACRL committees and sections.


The findings reveal that, compared to the profession overall, both people of color and academic librarians serving at community, junior, and technical colleges are underrepresented on editorial boards. In contrast, males are over-represented on ACRL editorial boards.


The results for race and ethnicity of the editorial boards align fairly closely with the demographics reported in the Diversity Counts data [from ALA] . For the survey of editorial boards, 88% of respondents were white, followed by 7% black or African American, 5% Asian, and 2% other. This is consistent with the numbers reported for those populations in Diversity Counts.

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