The article linked below was recently published by The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI).
Norda A. Bell
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI)
Vol 5 No 3 (2021)
Diversity statements signal an organization’s culture, values, and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Yet, diversity statements are often perceived as somewhat superficial “boilerplate” or basic statements created to comply with employment equity requirements, especially in job advertisements. With the objectives of understanding the presence of diversity statements in job advertisements, differences between types of libraries, and the types of diversity statements and messages contained in these statements, this study analyzed the diversity statements of 50 online job advertisements for Canadian academic librarian and archivist positions. Four types of diversity statements were identified from this study: Type 1) boilerplate; Type 2) employment equity; Type 3) diversity; and Type 4) expanded diversity management. Findings suggest most Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions in Canada have expanded diversity management statements. Other findings around land acknowledgements, gender identity, and sexual orientation and others are discussed. Recommendations for further studies are included.
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22 pages; PDF.