Diversity Plans for Academic Libraries
Instructor: Julie Biando Edwards
Dates: June 1-28, 2013
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
This continuing education course focuses on how to develop and implement a diversity plan for your academic library. Diversity initiatives are widespread and of great importance in higher education, and librarians can play a central role by designing a plan that reflects the ways in which the academic library can contribute to campus diversity efforts. We will focus on how to form a solid working committee, how to develop a plan, how to gain endorsement of the plan, and how to implement the plan. We will look at the various ways in which libraries can support diversity in collections, services, instruction, the built environment, the virtual environment, and hiring and training. The class will pay special attention to creating a plan that is less about demographics and quantative measurements and more about creating an institution that embraces a culture of diversity. We will particularly focus on highlighting local diversity and will consider not only the importance of action items and goals, but also contextual statements that establish a narrative framework through which your library can define and understand diversity. Special attention will be paid to documents such as the ACRL Draft Diversity Standards, the ALA Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and students will be encouraged to incorporate human rights language into their diversity plans.
Julie Biando Edwards is the Ethnic Studies Librarian and the Multicultural Coordinator at the Mansfield Library - University of Montana. Her interests are in public libraries and community, critical librarianship, and libraries and human rights. She has published in Libraries & The Cultural Record, Public Libraries, and the journal Information for Social Change, and has presented at various local, regional, national, and international conferences. She co-edited, with Stephan P. Edwards, Beyond Article 19: Libraries and Social and Cultural Rights (Library Juice Press, 2010). Interview with Julie Edwards
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