January 24, 2022

Journal Article: “Developing a Plan For a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Library at a Research 1 Land-Grant University”

The article linked below was recently published by Library Diversity and Residency Studies (LDRS).


Developing a Plan For a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Library at a Research 1 Land-Grant University


Jonathan S. Briganti
Virginia Tech

Brittany Dodson
Virginia Tech

Inga Haugen
Virginia Tech

Gail McMillan
Virginia Tech

Ronald Mecham
Virginia Tech


Library Diversity and Residency Studies 1, 2 (2021)


Using the Virginia Tech strategic plan as a guide, a team of its University Libraries faculty and staff designed a strategic planning approach for the library that directly engaged with University goals and explored two areas: 1) contributing to the equity-, diversity-, and inclusion-related (EDI) goals laid out in the University strategic plan, and 2) expanding upon efforts to broaden diversity and representation in the library. The team identified four major themes: accessibility, climate, employment and professional development, outreach, and advocacy, and used these themes to develop specific recommendations. The process served to shine the light on these topics within the library, allowing for reflection and self-understanding, crucial components to change and grow with more attention to inclusion and diversity. Recognizing a need for change, it is hoped the report leads to better advocacy and ally-ship and brings issues to light for other libraries engaging in similar processes.

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12 pages; PDF.

Direct to Complete Table of Contents: Library Diversity and Residency Studies 1, 2 (2021)

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