January 27, 2022

Book Chapter: “Working Toward Human-Centered, Reparative Change Through Print Collection Development at the University of Denver” (Preprint Version)

Note: The full text book chapter linked below (preprint version) appears in the book, Transforming Print: Collection Development And Management For Our Connected Future (2021) published by ALA Editions.


Working Toward Human-Centered, Reparative Change Through Print Collection Development at the University of Denver


Jennifer Bowers
University of Denver

Katherine Crowe
University of Denver

Peggy Keeran
University of Denver

Jack M. Maness
University of Denver

Denisse Solis
University of Denver

Shannon Tharp
University of Denver


Digital Commons at DU


In 2014, the DU Libraries began to address a lack of work by and about the Cheyenne and Arapaho people in its collections, and moved toward reparative change in response to historical traumas suffered by Indigenous Peoples. The history of this work and its origins—which led to the creation of the Libraries’ Collection Diversification Task Force (CDTF) and now informs the Libraries’ collection development philosophy and operational inclusivity—are discussed in the “Developments Leading to the Collection Diversification Task Force” section of this chapter. Further on, the “Collection Diversification Task Force” section clarifies methodology, recommendations, and self-discovery on the part of librarians. Finally, “Reflections for Future Work” summarizes where collection diversification currently stands at DU Libraries and highlights the role of administrative support in encouraging this process to continue.

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17 pages; PDF.

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