May 28, 2022

“Gender Inclusivity and Equity in Academic Libraries: Insights From Around the Globe”

The following article appears in the September 2019 issue of C&RL News.


Gender Inclusivity and Equity in Academic Libraries: Insights From Around the Globe


Buhle Mbambo-Thata
African Library & Information Associations & Institutions

Jia Tina Du
Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, University of South Australia

Ulrike Lang
State and University Library Hamburg

Jesús Lau
Universidad Veracruzana-Mexico

Amal W. Mostafa
Cairo University-Egypt

Bharat Mehra
University of Alabama

Clara M. Chu
Series Editor

Jaya Raju
Series Editor


C&RL News (2019; 80.8)
DOI: 10.5860/crln.80.8.438


In order to draw attention to and learn about gender inclusivity and equity in the academic library workplace in a fluid non-binary gendered society, academic librarians and researchers from major world regions were invited to respond to the question: What are the three most significant issues that are impeding and the three most significant issues that are enhancing gender inclusivity/equity in your region? The regions included are Africa, Asia and Oceania, Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North America.

We chose to focus on gender as the understanding of the concept is evolving and gender has classified people in such a way to limit or deny opportunities and equal treatment. Gender has been used to reference three dimensions that include the physical (characteristics of the human body), identity (the internal sense of self, which has traditionally been categorized as binary [e.g., feminine, masculine] and now as nonbinary or ungendered), and sociocultural (how one presents oneself socially or culturally, conformity to gendered roles and expectations).

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