Ithaka S+R Announces Leading by Diversifying Collections: A New Project to Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Academic Libraries
From Ithaka S+R:
As academic libraries seek to meaningfully engage with calls to improve practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) it is important that the library’s collections align with that mission. Yet, Ithaka S+R’s recent survey of library directors found that most libraries have not developed criteria for evaluating and making decisions related to the diversity of their collections. A library-wide strategy for diversifying collections also involves leveraging staff and resources in new ways and creating a broader culture committed to diversity. Therefore, diversifying collections requires new approaches from leadership that embrace vulnerability, learning, and unlearning—as well as a willingness to rethink structures, staffing, incentives and other organizational impediments.
To help libraries begin this process, Ithaka S+R is convening a series of discussion groups for academic library leadership and staff who wish to diversify their collections. The “Leading by Diversifying Collections” series will support the development and launch of a workbook for academic libraries to assess locally both how to start and concrete next steps for their collections’ DEI strategy.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.