Christine Bombaro is an associate director at Dickinson College, where she develops and manages the Waidner-Spahr Library’s multiple award-winning information literacy programs. She is the author of the textbook Finding History: Research Methods and Resources for Students and Scholars and co-author of Forgotten Abolitionist: John A.J. Creswell of Maryland. Her work on research pedagogy has been featured in numerous edited books and journals such as Reference Services Review and she presents regularly at conferences and workshops on topics related to information literacy. Bombaro is an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Immersion program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history and secondary teaching certification from Dickinson College, and her master’s degree in library science from Drexel University.
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All too often, in a hurried attempt to “catch up,” diversity training can create division among staff or place undue burdens on a handful of employees. Instead, academic libraries need approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that position these priorities as ongoing institutional and professional goals. This book’s model programs will help academic libraries do exactly that, sharing a variety of initiatives that possess clear goals, demonstrable outcomes, and reproducible strategies. Librarians, administrators, and directors will all benefit from the programs detailed inside, which include such topics as
- a university library’s community of practice for interactions and learning around DEI;
- cultural competency training to create more welcoming instruction spaces;
- student workshops on literature searches that mitigate bias;
- overcoming the historic tendency to marginalize LGBTQ+ representation in archives;
- a curriculum and design workshop that moved from discussing social values to embedding them in actions;
- the founding of a library-led LGBT club for students at a rural community college;
- a liberal arts college’s retention-boosting program for first-generation students;
- tailoring a collection and library services to the unique needs of student veterans; and
- a framework for moving from diversity to equity and inclusion, toward a goal of social justice.
With this volume’s model programs to guide them, academic libraries and their staff can successfully strengthen their own DEI initiatives.
Chapter 1 Moving from Diversity to Equity and Inclusion with Social Justice as the Goal
A New Framework for an Expansive Definition of Diversity
Matthew P. Ciszek
Chapter 2 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Action
Designing a Collective DEI Strategy with Library Staff
Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros and Sandra Enimil
Chapter 3 Diversity from the Inside Out
Cultivating an Inclusive Library Environment
Orolando A. Duffus, Tiffany N. Henry, and Stacey R. Krim
Chapter 4 That’s Just the Way It Is
How to Challenge Conventional Wisdom and Foster Inclusion in Libraries
Joe Kohlburn and Tracy Gomillion
Chapter 5 Mitigating Implicit Bias in Reference Service and Literature Searching
Molly Higgins and Rachel Keiko Stark
Chapter 6 Creating an Inclusive Teaching and Learning Program for Academic Libraries
Anna Sandelli, Janelle Coleman, and Thura Mack
Chapter 7 Reconstructing History
Addressing Marginalization, Absences, and Silences in the Archives through Community and Collaboration
Stacey R. Krim, David Gwynn, and Erin Lawrimore
Chapter 8 Student Veterans on Campus
Academic Success via Libraries
Eduardo M. Tinoco and Win Shih
Chapter 9 How Librarians Can Improve First-Generation Student Retention Through Outreach, Immersion, and Partnerships
Karla Fribley, Amy Bryant, José-Ignacio Pareja, Bonita Washington-Lacey, and Neal Baker
Chapter 10 Interns, Inclusion, and Iteration
Undergraduates Influencing the Library Profession
Andrea Baruzzi, Pam Harris, and Roberto Vargas
About the Contributors
"Thoughtful, useful, and timely ... This book as a whole takes a clear-eyed look at where academic libraries continue to fall short in DEI work and offers a wide array of insights and models to enable us to do better. Even for librarians and organizations that are further along in this work, this book is comprehensive enough to offer everyone something new to consider or emulate. Each chapter is well-written, clear, and informative."
— College & Research Libraries
"A timely sampler of the critical work being done by academic libraries ... This reviewer especially appreciated the practical suggestions and assessment sections found in each chapter that documents a DEI program or course. This work is recommended for academic libraries—or any library—interested in transitioning the concepts of DEI into significant change."
— Serials Review