September 24, 2021

Journal Article: “An Exploratory Study of Diversity Statements in Canadian Academic Librarian Job Advertisements”

The article linked below was recently published by The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI).

Title

An Exploratory Study of Diversity Statements in Canadian Academic Librarian Job Advertisements

Author

Norda A. Bell
York University

Source

The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI)
Vol 5 No 3 (2021)
DOI: 10.33137/ijidi.v5i3.36202

Abstract

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.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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