Successful applications of diversity, equity, and inclusion programming in various professional settings: strategies to increase DEI in libraries

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Colleen M. Foy (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Today libraries stand as the most inclusive institution in US society, but their workforces remain unaligned with the wide-ranging domestic demographic. With 83% of librarians identifying as white in 2020, this institution requires cultural reconstruction to enable its information literacy goals. As diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts have been unsuccessful over the years in libraries, this report surveys efforts in industries with more diverse workers and adapts them for implementation in library settings. Recruitment, retainment, and inclusion strategies in corporate, STEM, and healthcare environments are reviewed to identify successful options as starting points for library planners. Practical adaptations are provided as more feasible options for library budgets and personnel volumes. As libraries were founded and transformed to serve the varying needs of all patrons, incorporating these DEI tools into planning strategies is imperative to diversify library labor forces and eliminate barriers to information literacy.

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Journal of Library Administration,
Language: English
Date: 2021
diversity programming, recruitment, retainment, inclusion, belonging, DEI strategies, DEI in libraries

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