9 SPEC Kit 356: Diversity and Inclusion
A diversity/inclusion plan may include a statement of diversity values or goals for the library, a
description of strategies for recruiting diverse staff from historically underrepresented or marginalized
groups to the library and retaining them once they are hired, an outline of programs that promote ethnic/
cultural sensitivity in the workplace, results from a work climate assessment, and similar elements. It
may be a stand-alone document or part of a broader document, such as a library strategic plan or an
institution-wide diversity document.
1. Does your library have a diversity/inclusion plan as described above? N=68
Yes 36 53%
Not yet, but one is being developed 14 21%
No 18 27%
Comments N=24
Answered Yes N=14
Diversity and inclusion is represented in the library’s committee structure and in the strategic plan.
Each year, an overview of the accomplishments from our plan are reflected on our website.
Has not been formally updated since 2010.
Here is ours: The UC San Diego Library is committed to nurturing and maintaining a supportive and
inclusive environment in which diversity and fairness are valued and respected. This commitment
builds on the UC San Diego Principles of Community, reaffirmed regularly by the Chancellor, which
provide a framework for diversity, fairness, and inclusion on campus and place a high value on the
unique contributions of each member of the UC San Diego community. The Library Diversity &
Inclusion Committee works to build, foster, and maintain a climate that respects: equal access and
participation of all groups and individuals, regardless of their culture, race, ethnicity, gender, age,
religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or geographic origin.
To accomplish this, the committee members collaborate with Library staff, students, and campus
partners to develop, advise, and implement various programs and processes. The Library Diversity
&Inclusion Committee activities include: Working with members of the Library Administration
and Library Council to articulate the Library’s expectations of its staff for cultural competence, in
keeping with the University of California Diversity Statement (University of California Diversity
Statement) Working with the Library’s Training Coordinator to provide diversity-related educational
opportunities for Library staff Creating opportunities and venues for discussion of diversity/equity
issues within the Library Advising Library Administration and Library Council members on policy
issues related to diversity and inclusion Forming partnerships and sharing information and best
practices with relevant groups on campus, including the Diversity Council, student groups, and others
as appropriate Collaborating with various Library programs to support and celebrate diversity and
inclusion activities.
Our statement: The University of Texas Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and
communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and
experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we
promote diversity in our collections and the services that we provide as well as in our recruiting, hiring
and retention practices.
Our university has an institution-wide document.
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