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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Survey Results

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Presented at the OCLC Research Library Partnership Regional Meeting, 1 November 2017, Baltimore, Maryland (USA).

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Survey Results

  1. 1. OCLC Research Library Partnership Regional Meeting Baltimore, 1 November 2017 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Survey Results Karen Smith-Yoshimura OCLC Research
  2. 2. Respondents 63 Partners (42% response rate) USA: 36 UK: 13 Australia: 6 Canada 3 Germany: 1 Hong Kong: 1 Italy: 1 Japan: 1 Netherlands: 1
  3. 3. EDI Committee or WG Using EDI principles Yes No, but we plan to No 46%41% 13% Yes No, but we plan to No 51% 21% 28%
  4. 4. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Survey of the OCLC Research Library Partnership 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Collection Building Select materials for digitiation Metadata in library catalogs Metadata in archival collections Metadata in digital collections Terminologies or vocabularies Search and disovery interfaces Institutional website Space allocations Outreach to marginalized groups Activities and events Recruitmen and retentio Q4 Which areas have you changed or plan to change due to your institution's EDI goals and principles? Changed Plan
  5. 5. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Survey of the OCLC Research Library Partnership 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Collection Building Select materials for digitiation Metadata in library catalogs Metadata in archival collections Metadata in digital collections Terminologies or vocabularies Search and disovery interfaces Institutional website Space allocations Outreach to marginalized groups Activities and events Recruitmen and retentio Q4 Which areas have you changed or plan to change due to your institution's EDI goals and principles? Changed Plan
  6. 6. Most changed (ranked) • Activities & events • Recruitment & retention • Outreach to marginalized communities • Collection building • Selection of materials for digitization • Institutional website • Metadata descriptions for archival materials Most planned (ranked) • Search and discovery interfaces • Metadata descriptions in library catalogs • Metadata descriptions in digital/digitized collections • Terminologies and/or vocabularies Tied: Space allocations
  7. 7. • Increasing documentation related to Students of Color with the intersections of learning, student life, and activism on campus. (Brandeis) • Curators are working with marginalized communities to acquire materials for our collections, including Hispanics and Native Americans. (Brigham Young) • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council surfaces issues that need attention. (Duke) • Changed the salutation in our Library system (Alma) to address people as: "Mr, Ms, Mx" to be more inclusive of different gender identities. (La Trobe) • Working with native American nations to appropriately label digitized collections. (Library of Congress) Some targeted activities
  8. 8. • Organising and promoting public events related to our extensive LGBT collections. (London School of Economics) • Highlight indigenous places in the University including the indigenous art in the Library. (Monash) • Our academic libraries consortium (TRAILS) supports tribal colleges with negotiated purchasing and a unified discovery system. (Montana State) • Highlights resources from its collection for researching African American history, women's history, Chinese American History, American Indian history, Disability History, LGBTQ history and other topics. (NARA) Some targeted activities - continued
  9. 9. • Select special collections to expand representation of historical works in EDI areas such as women, Middle Eastern, African American, Latin American comic artists; African American theatre; LGBT 20th century authors; Native American primary sources; etc. (Ohio State) • Princeton and Slavery Project (website and symposium to be launched in November) has connected the Library with the Historical Society of Princeton and to the Public Library (Princeton) • We have collected African American, immigrant, women, LGTBQ, fringe, and activist rare book and archival collections since the 1960s and continue to do so. (Temple) Some targeted activities - continued
  10. 10. • A 3-year diversity residency for minority librarians wishing to be introduced/launched to work in Academic libraries. (Texas A&M) • The Library works with the local African American community and other collaborative partners to preserve and collect oral histories and digitize personal photos and materials. (U. Delaware) • Working with indigenous communities to incorporate appropriate subject headings in archival and library print and digitized collections. (U. Manitoba) • A collaborative NEH proposal with smaller member archives resulting in accessible, digital collections that document histories of minority communities. (USC) Some targeted activities - continued
  11. 11. • Building relationships with these marginalized communities – different perspectives, needs, trust levels • Recruiting diverse staff & retaining those we have • More inclusive organizational structure & building shared understanding of the terms diversity, inclusion, and social justice among staff. Create a positive work climate • Work is centered around specific initiatives, rather than understood as part of and framing for everyone’s work. • Positively address and resolve conflicts as we change to a culture where all individuals are respected • Need more time, resources, funding Biggest institutional challenges
  12. 12. Asked: What are your institution’s views on EDI efforts? • They dovetail with our mission… there tends not to be strategies at a discrete level. • They are necessary to encourage change in the workplace and the pool of applicants for available positions, as well as curating collections of broader appeal. • The university has established programs, and the library participates in them. Awareness training in this area is compulsory for all staff. • They are part and parcel of the university’s culture & ethos. • We aspire to an inclusive approach to all we do. What about those “No” respondents?
  13. 13. SM Together we make breakthroughs possible. Thank you! Karen Smith-Yoshimura OCLC Research Library Partnership Regional Meeting Baltimore, 1 November, 2017 smithyok@oclc.org @KarenS_Y

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