EDI in the OCLC Research Library Partnership Survey -

In 2017, the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) conducted a survey to explore if and how our 150 Partner institutions are modifying library and archival collections, practices, and services through the lens of equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Our objective was to capture a snapshot of efforts across the Partnership to inform next steps, reveal possible directions to explore, and serve as a starting point for further discussions and action regarding EDI in the library field.

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Resources cited in Research Library Partners' responses to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion survey

General resources (from 1 November 2017 Partner discussion):

"Service Never Sleeps," mobilizing communities to exercise "Allyship," an active way of life that utilizes bridge-building to ensure equality, opportunity, and inclusion for everyone: http://www.serviceneversleeps.org/

Project Implicit, a non-profit organization providing consulting services, lectures and workshops on implicit or hidden bias, diversity and inclusion, and an "Implicit Association Test" (IAT) to measure attitudes and beliefs people may be unwilling or unable to report: https://www.projectimplicit.net/resources/

EDI goals

Cleveland Museum of Art’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan:

London School of Economics and Political Science’s EDI strategy: http://www.lse.ac.uk/united-states/about-the-us-centre/equity-and-diversity?from_serp=1

Creating a Social Justice Mindset: Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice in the Collections Directorate of MIT Libraries http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/108771 (subject of the September 2017 OCLC Research Works in Progress Webinar: http://www.oclc.org/research/events/2017/09-19.html)

Overview of Monash University’s diversity and inclusion activities, including cultural inclusion, LGBTIQ, diversity and inclusion awards: https://www.monash.edu/diversity-inclusion

Celebrating Diversity at the National Archives: https://aotus.blogs.archives.gov/2016/06/08/celebrating-diversity-at-the-national-archives/ (National Archives and Records Administration)

Syracuse University Libraries Strategic Directions 2016-2021 includes a section on "inclusion and diversity": https://library.syr.edu/about/strategic-directions.php#one

Texas A&M Library's diversity planning document: https://library.tamu.edu/about/diversity.html

University of Arizona's Our commitment to diversity, including a description of its Diversity, Social Justice, and Equity Council: https://new.library.arizona.edu/about/diversity

Guide to the University of Delaware Library's diversity programs, collections and efforts: https://guides.lib.udel.edu/diversity/home

University of Delaware Library’s Strategic Plan includes "inclusive excellence" as a foundation: https://library.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/UDLibrary-StrategicPlan-1.pdf

University of Edinburgh's "PlayFair Steps for equality action" to "address equality and diversity issues for our staff": https://thinking.is.ed.ac.uk/melissa/2015/08/19/playfair-steps-for-equality-action/ and https://thinking.is.ed.ac.uk/melissa/playfair-steps/

University of Michigan Library’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility: https://www.lib.umich.edu/diversity

University of Michigan Library’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility 5 Year Strategic Plan, 2016-2020 [archived 2021]: https://web.archive.org/web/20180618141649/https://www.lib.umich.edu/sites/default/files/departments/admin/u-m_library_2017_diversity_plan.pdf

University of Southern California's Diversity Matters, "We will fight on for inclusion, equity, access and opportunity": https://diversity.usc.edu/

EDI working groups

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging - Harvard Library's Leadership Team [resource no longer available]

Ohio State University's Diversity and Inclusion Committee: [resource no longer available]

University of Michigan's Library Diversity Council: https://www.lib.umich.edu/diversity/library-diversity-council

Staff training

Workshop on LGBTIQ to reduce exclusion, invisibility, homophobia and stigma in the workplace. https://services.anu.edu.au/news-events/lgbti-ally-training-edhr05 (Australian National University)

Aggie Ally workshops to help promote safe havens and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people or anyone dealing with sexual orientation issues: https://allies.tamu.edu/ (Texas A&M)

University of Arizona's "Diversity in the Classroom Workshop Series" [resource no longer available]


Inclusion and Accessibility Librarian as advocate for the disabled and other minority groups on campus. Article in the College Fix: Syracuse becomes latest college to make diversity a priority for its library (13 September 2017)

Diversifying workforce

Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and visual arts. https://www.getty.edu/foundation/initiatives/current/mui/ (Getty)

Administrative Fellowship Program, administered by the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity to attract talented professionals, particularly members of historically under-represented groups. [archived August 2017] https://web.archive.org/web/20170803113224/https://hms.harvard.edu/node/5280 (Harvard Medical School but library has had a couple of fellows each year).

Championing gender equity [archived May 2017] https://web.archive.org/web/20170515151016/http://www.latrobe.edu.au/jobs/working/diversity-and-inclusion/championing-gender-equality (La Trobe University)

Ohio State University's Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program to assist recent library school graduates to the complexities of librarianship: [resource no longer available]

Syracuse University's Learning Commons Resident Librarians, an opportunity for new librarians who are members of underrepresented populations: https://libnews.syr.edu/learning_common_1/

University of Alberta Libraries Indigenous Internship for a First Nations, Métis or Inuit student in its School of Library and Information Science: https://www2.library.ualberta.ca/2015assets/UAL-Intern-2017.pdf. Report on the program described in the 2017 paper presented at IFLA, "Raising Indigenous Librarians: a Canadian Internship Story": http://library.ifla.org/1765/1/169-carr-wiggin-en.pdf

University of Manitoba's Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement lists efforts to attract and retain more indigenous students, faculty and staff: https://umanitoba.ca/admin/indigenous_connect/Indigenous-Scholars-Fund.html

University of Michigan's Diversity Alliance Resident Librarian, a program to recruit librarians from underrepresented groups and prepare them for a successful career: https://www.lib.umich.edu/about-us/about-library/diversity-equity-inclusion-and-accessibility


Texas A&M's Don Kelly Research Collection Fellowship covering all aspects of LGBTQ studies: https://library.tamu.edu/news/2017/09/2nd%20Annual%20Don%20Kelly%20Research%20Fellowship.html

Promoting/supporting marginalized communities

Exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, a collaboration of art institutes across Southern California. https://www.pacificstandardtime.org/ (Getty)

LGBTIQ+ [archived September 2017]: https://web.archive.org/web/20170920180558/http://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/support/wellbeing/lgbtiq-services (La Trobe University)

Outreach to indigenous Australians on campus, including a Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit: https://www.monash.edu/about/who/a-culture-of-integrity-and-respect/diversity-inclusion

Tribal College Librarians Institute (TCLI), designed to provide continuous education, professional development and networking opportunities for tribal college librarians and librarians who serve tribal college students. https://www.lib.montana.edu/tcli/ (Montana State University)

Treasure State Academic Information & Library Services (TRAILS), an academic libraries consortium supporting tribal colleges with negotiated purchasing and a unified discovery system: https://trailsmt.org (Montana State University)

African-American History Research, documenting the African American experience: https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans (National Archives and Records Administration)

Chinese Heritage research: https://www.archives.gov/research/chinese-americans

American Indian Records: https://www.archives.gov/research/native-americans

LGBT Rights Records: https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/lgbt-pride-month

Ohio State University's Diversity & Identity Studies LibGuide with links to recommended resources [archived 2019]: https://web.archive.org/web/20190109221015/http://guides.osu.edu/diversityidentitystudies/

Ohio State University's Resource Guide to Multicultural Resources: https://library.osu.edu/blogs/multicultural/

Publish Latinx Talk, an e-journal for Latinx, Chicanx, Gender and Sexuality, and Comparative Ethnic Studies scholars, enacting a "feminist woman-of-color editorial ethos." https://latinxtalk.org (Ohio State)

Publish alter/nativas, a Latin American cultural studies e-journal associated with Ohio State University's Center for Latin American Studies. https://alternativas.osu.edu/en/index.html

Princeton and Slavery Project (in collaboration with the Historical Society of Princeton and the Public Library) on Princeton’s historical ties to the institution of slavery: https://slavery.princeton.edu/

University of Alberta's "Decolonizing Description Working Group - Final Report": [resource no longer available] (subject of the October 2017 OCLC Research Works in Progress Webinars: https://www.oclc.org/research/events/2017/10-17.html)

University of Arizona's "Diversity and inclusion support resources for UA students and faculty" [archived August 2020]: https://web.archive.org/web/20200805105440/https://libguides.library.arizona.edu/diversity

University of California, Irvine Libraries collaborate with "local communities to document their unique and valuable histories": https://ocseaa.lib.uci.edu/community_archives

University of California, Riverside's Inland Empire Memories, an alliance of libraries, archives and cultural heritage organizations dedicated to identifying, preserving, interpreting, and sharing the cultural legacies of diverse communities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, with emphasis on documenting the lives of groups underrepresented in the historical record: https://www.inlandempirememories.org/

University of California, Riverside Library and Sherman Indian Museum received a Mellon Foundation grant to digitize documents from the first off-reservation American Indian boarding school in southern California and to build an infrastructure for future digitization efforts at the Sherman Indian Museum, including training native American students so they can participate in the digitization: https://library.ucr.edu/about/news/ucr-library-and-sherman-indian-museum-receive-376191-digitizing-hidden-collections-grant

University of Edinburgh funds Project Myopia, an academic resource to diversity arts curricula and promote the work created by women, non-binary people, LGBTQ, differently abled people, and people of colour: https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/project-myopia-diversifying-the-canon-and-university-curricula/

Contributed to the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) Truth and Reconciliation Report, a result of working with indigenous people and including a list of recommendations on what the library community can do: https://cfla-fcab.ca/en/indigenous/trc_report/ (University of Manitoba)

Janice Linton and Ada Ducas article on the history, development, and scope of the Indigenous Health Collection: A New Tool for Collection Assessment: One Library's Response to the Calls to Action Issued by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01462679.2017.1344596 (University of Manitoba)

Christine Bone's presentation at IFLA 2016 on Modifications to the Library of Congress Subject Headings for use by Manitoba Archives http://library.ifla.org/1328/ (also part of the October 2017 OCLC Research Works in Progress webinar referred to above).

University of Manitoba's Mazinbiige Indigenous Graphic Novel Collection: https://libguides.lib.umanitoba.ca/mazinbiige

University of Manitoba's Indigenous Student Centre: https://umanitoba.ca/student/indigenous/index.html and Indigenous Connect: https://umanitoba.ca/student/admissions/aboriginal/

University of Manitoba's National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to preserve the memory of Canada’s Residential School system and legacy: https://nctr.ca/map.php

University of Michigan's Diversity Resources, including library research guides on Diversity Studies, Women’s Studies, Multicultural Studies, LGBTQ Health Resources and LGBTQ Studies: https://diversity.umich.edu/resources/

University of Southern California Rossier School of Education’s Students and Gender Identity, a toolkit for schools as they look to create and develop inclusive spaces for transgender and gender non-conforming communities: https://rossieronline.usc.edu/students-and-gender-identity/

University of Texas, Austin's Human Rights Documentation Initiative for long-term preservation of fragile and vulnerable records of human rights struggles worldwide, including the Rwandan Genocide and Guatemala Police Archive (post-custodial) projects. https://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/hrdi

University of Texas, Austin's Black Queer Studies Collection, "meant to feature, promote and increase the discoverability of the UT Libraries' unique holdings in the area of African and African Diasporic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies": https://guides.lib.utexas.edu/bqsc

University of Texas, Austin's "Learning from Latin America Through Post-Custodial Archiving," which works with selected organizations in Latin America to digitize fragile historical archives and make them available for scholarly access worldwide, providing management oversight for records that remain in the custody of the record creators: https://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/benson/announcements/learning-latin-america-through-post-custodial-archiving

Exhibits and events

Exhibit on Harvard's ties to slavery: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/03/the-focus-is-harvard-and-slavery/

Remembering the Act: Archival Reflections on Civil Rights https://library.osu.edu/innovation-projects/omeka/exhibits/show/civil-rights (Ohio State)

University of Texas, Austin's "Beyond Barriers: The Community’s Role in Sustaining Diversity": https://www.lib.utexas.edu/calendar/spring-signature-panel

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