Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan

July 20, 2021

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan

The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan presents goals aimed at advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism at the Lemieux Library. For the academic year 2021-22, the Lemieux Library will focus many of the action items around racial equity in support of LIFT SU: Inclusive Excellence Action Plan for Racial Equity and Antiracism 2020-2021. This is an initial, and therefore dynamic document. We will annotate the Plan with short-and long-term actions, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion metrics to track progress towards these goals during the academic year ahead. New versions will be released as we hold meetings, forums, and create change.

 

Sarah Barbara Watstein

Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons

 

SPACES

  • Provide physical and virtual spaces that are welcoming, inclusive, accessible, and usable
  • Curate timely and inclusive digital and physical book displays that invite students to discover our books and resources
  • Conduct periodic reviews of library space to ensure accessibility for other-abled individuals
  • Conduct regular audits of library online spaces to ensure Website accessibility
  • Conduct periodic reviews of library space to ensure the representation of inclusive artwork

 

PROGRAMS/PROGRAMMATIC INITIATIVES

  • Provide, host, and/or co-sponsor and promote programming and/or events for equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism
  • Provide equitable delivery of library resources and services for students who are infrequent users or nonusers, or for those in traditionally underserved or marginalized groups
  • Develop outreach programs, policies, practices, and behaviors which make the library available to all people
  • Analyze the demographics of campus communities for use in planning or setting goals

 

CURATION AND COLLECTIONS

  • Develop a program of acquisitions that will enhance the Library’s collection in support of curriculum and scholarship that will focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism
  • Establish and promote an equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism fund to support the diversification of library collections
  • Review and revise metadata practices to enhance access to scholarship inclusive of diverse experiences and voices
  • Identify gaps in diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in LibGuides and prioritize development to close these gaps
  • Facilitate equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist collection development discussions and activities, focusing first internally, on library discussions and activities, and then expanding offerings to the campus community

 

STRUCTURAL CHANGE

  • Charge a library committee to focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism issues and initiatives
  • Develop equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism goals for the library and learning commons
  • Support staff attendance and participation in campus-based and external equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism professional development opportunities and offerings
  • Provide customized bias training for library and learning commons staff and student workers
  • Provide opportunities for library and learning commons staff to learn about diversity standards and cultural competency for academic libraries
  • Review strategies the library and learning commons are using to hire and retain staff from underrepresented groups