Current Efforts & Initiatives

The University Libraries strives to continuously improve in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. Below are some of the areas where our efforts are currently focused.

IDEA Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility)

The University Libraries IDEA Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) provides leadership in the Libraries on issues related to diversity and the provision of high-quality library services to individuals from diverse backgrounds. It offers staff development opportunities to increase their understanding of diversity and reaches out to the external community to promote the library and campus as a shared living and learning environment conducive to respect, acceptance, mutual understanding, and global awareness.

2022-23 Roster

  • Kelly Burkett
  • Ashlea Green
  • Amy Love
  • Hannah Pope
  • Scott Rice
  • Dusty Ross

Recent IDEA Committee Initiatives

Book cover of Fresh Ink anthology

Book Club

The IDEA Committee hosted a book club in 2021-22 that read Fresh Ink, a YA anthology of 12 short stories highlighting historically underrepresented voices.

Creative Justice Institute Partnership

In Spring 2021, members of the IDEA Committee partnered with the Creative Justice Institute on campus. This collaboration included having librarians talk about their favorite books for an episode of the Creative Justice: The Podcast, “For the Love of Books!”

We also co-wrote an internal library grant to fund zine kits for students. The zines from this project are stored in our Special Collections Research Center and Cara Hagan, the Creative Justice Institute coordinator, recorded an interview with one of the student artists.

Strategic Plan

We are currently working on our strategic plan with a part dedicated to IDEA initiatives. Please check back in later once the plan is finalized.

Hiring Statistics

As of 2021, 12.5% of Library Faculty identified as Black, Foreign National, or being of two or more races, and 7.5% of Library Staff identified as Black, Asian, or didn’t include data. In comparison, 18.3% of students enrolled in Fall 2021 were from underrepresented communities. We continue to examine our policies and practices as they relate to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff.

D&I Plan

In 2018, the University Libraries’ IDEA Committee (then called the Diversity & Inclusion Committee) completed a D&I Plan for the library. The version below is currently under review.

Download the University Libraries Diversity & Inclusion Plan (PDF)