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OCLC Research Survey on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Presented by Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research, during the 2018 RLUK Conference, 14 March 2018, British Library, London (UK)

Between September 12 and October 13 of 2017, OCLC surveyed current Research Library Partners, with the intention of obtaining a snapshot of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) efforts within the Partnership that could inform specific follow-up activities that could provide assistance and better inform practice. We were pleased that 63 Partners in nine countries responded to the survey. A summary of results served as a framework for discussions with Research Partners at a November 2017 meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

This paper shares survey results which shows where the global network of OCLC RLP institutions are investing and what they are finding most challenging and also indicates possible areas for collaborative investment.

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OCLC Research Survey on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  1. 1. OCLC Research Survey on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Merrilee Proffitt @merrileeIam Photo by Kelli Tungay on Unsplash
  2. 2. OCLC Research Scaling and accelerating library learning and innovation.
  3. 3. The OCLC Research Library Partnership provides a unique transnational collaborative network of peers to address common issues as well as the opportunity to engage directly with OCLC Research OCLC Research Library Partnership
  4. 4. The OCLC Research Library Partnership
  5. 5. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Kimberly Christen Trevor A. Dawes OCLC Distinguished Seminar Series Char Booth Open access through the perspective of information privilege…who you are dictates what you see Library & archive practices are neutral and non-biased, presents a framework for ethical engagements & reciprocal practices through culturally responsive tools & engagements Reviews the work of the ALA Task Force for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  6. 6. Work undertaken by Karen Smith-Yoshimura September – October 2017 Full results of the OCLC Research EDI survey and more at… Survey details oc.lc/edi
  7. 7. Equity “Equity” takes difference into account to ensure a fair process and, ultimately, a fair outcome. Equity recognizes that some groups were (and are) disadvantaged in accessing educational and employment opportunities and are, therefore, underrepresented or marginalized in many organizations and institutions. Equity, therefore, means increasing diversity by ameliorating conditions of disadvantaged groups.
  8. 8. Diversity “Diversity” can be defined as the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different. When we recognize, value, and embrace diversity, we are recognizing, valuing, and embracing the uniqueness of each individual.
  9. 9. Inclusion “Inclusion” means an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully; are valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives; have equal access to resources and opportunities; and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.
  10. 10. Survey results 63 Partners (42% response rate) USA: 36 UK: 13 Australia: 6 Canada 3 Germany: 1 Hong Kong: 1 Italy: 1 Japan: 1 Netherlands: 1
  11. 11. EDI committee or Working group? Using EDI principles to inform practices 46%41% 13% 51% 21% 28%
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (DivE-In) surfaces issues that need attention Duke University Public domain photo via Wikimedia Commons
  16. 16. Three-year diversity residency for minority librarians wishing to be introduced/launched to work in Academic libraries. Texas A&M Aggie0083 CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
  17. 17. Highlight indigenous places in the University including the indigenous art in the Library. Monash University By Donaldytong (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  18. 18. Increasing documentation related to Students of Color with the intersections of learning, student life, and activism on campus Brandeis University By Leo Felici (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  19. 19. Organising and promoting public events related to extensive LGBT collections LSE By Upshine CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  20. 20. Curators are working with marginalized communities to acquire materials for collections, including Hispanics and Native Americans Brigham Young University By Mark A. Philbrick [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by- sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  21. 21. Acquire 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 University
  22. 22. Works with the local African American community and other collaborative partners to preserve and collect oral histories and digitize personal photos and materials University of Delaware By Carol Bower (University of Delaware Library) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
  23. 23. Changed the salutation in our Library system to address people as: "Mr, Ms, Mx" to be more inclusive of different gender identities La Trobe University By Bridietmckenzie (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  24. 24. Working with native American nations to appropriately label digitized collections Library of Congress Carol M. Highsmith [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  25. 25. Working with indigenous communities to incorporate appropriate subject headings in archival and library print and digitized collections. University of Manitoba By Ahmadexp (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  26. 26. Highlights in “Works in Progress Webinars” ”
  27. 27. Highlights in “Works in Progress Webinars”
  28. 28. • 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
  29. 29. 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?
  30. 30. SM Together we make breakthroughs possible. Thank you! You can find more of our work at oc.lc/edi ©2018 OCLC. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Suggested attribution: OCLC Research Survey on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion @ RLUK 2018 © OCLC, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.”

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