Reading & Resources List: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

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Approaching difficult conversations:

Implicit bias:

Power dynamics & “imposter syndrome”:

Inclusion & Diversity:

DEI in labor practices:

  • Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Report: Members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Employee Demographics and Director Perspectives 
  • Jennifer Vinopal’s post on In the Library w the Lead Pipe from Jan 2016: The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action
  • Critical Race Theory and the Recruitment, Retention and Promotion of a Librarian of Color” by Shaundra Walker
  • Strategies for Minimizing Implicit Bias in Recruitment and Retention – From ACRL’s Keeping Up With Implicit Bias:
    • “Review your library’s diversity and inclusion statement. If your library does not have one consider drafting a statement that indicates the organization’s commitment to inclusion.
    • Create rubrics to ensure consistency when reviewing new-hire applications. Also use scripts during the interview process to minimize bias-based favoritism.
    • Promote training that enhances cultural competency.
    • Ensure that library displays and instructional materials reflect a commitment to inclusion.
    • Develop formal mentorship initiatives. Mentors often become invested in their mentee’s success, regardless of demographic or cultural differences.”

On race in librarianship/academia:

DEI in technology systems and interfaces:



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