Works in Progress Webinar: Towards diversifying collections—implementing strategies
In this webinar, colleagues from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) discuss their ongoing efforts to identify and implement sustainable practices for building diverse collections, including work at SPSCC to utilize reparations-informed practices.
- Annette Day, Division Director, Collections, Discovery, and Scholarly Communication, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Jennifer Culley, Lead Acquisitions Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Amy Tureen, Dean of Academic Support Programs, South Puget Sound Community College
As many institutions seek to diversify their collections, library staff are grappling with how to implement and sustain efforts in this emerging practice area. At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries (UNLV), the Inclusive and Anti-Racist Collecting working group identified needs around diversifying collections, set strategic goals, and identified concrete actions to undertake. In this webinar, learn how UNLV piloted initiatives to diversify collections and how South Puget Sound Community College built on practices that originated at UNLV and expanded them to implement reparations informed collecting across their acquisitions budget. While presenters will discuss experiences specific to their differing environments, they will also highlight learnings and approaches that can inform similar work across a range of libraries.
The activities at UNLV were among several libraries’ efforts explored in research done by OCLC RLP to understand the emerging practices among academic and research libraries that are working to diversify their collections.
This webinar will be of interest to collection managers, collection selectors and curators, and those who are interested in deepening a commitment to and practice to support equity, diversity and inclusion at their institutions.
All affiliates of OCLC Research Library Partnership organizations are invited to participate.