73 SPEC Kit 356: Diversity and Inclusion
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Libraries Strategic Plan 2012–2020: Goal III. Diversity
LSU Libraries Strategic Plan 2012 | 6
Assessment data is used to guide development/continuation/elimination of various
library instruction methods and efforts, so that the methods we continue
increasingly demonstrate that students who participate are more likely to succeed.
More types of library instruction offerings and more courses in which information
literacy skills are embedded with the assistance of library faculty, adding at least
one per year.
Increased participation of Libraries staff in recruitment of students, adding at least
one new activity or offering per semester.
Increased participation of Libraries staff in retention of students, adding at least one
new activity or offering per semester in collaboration with the Center for Academic
Success and other student support services as appropriate.
Increased participation of Libraries staff in recruitment, retention, and outreach
activities serving graduate students and faculty, adding at least one new activity or
offering per semester.
Improved library facilities offering more study space for students and better
environmental conditions for Special Collections and rare government documents
over the next three years.
III. Diversity: Foster diversity among our faculty and staff. In addition, we will foster diversity
in the information resources we collect and to which we provide access, as well as in the
services we provide, the better to serve our varied constituencies.
Background: Over the last five years, the LSU Libraries has hired four staff members from
groups who are currently underrepresented. Libraries’ faculty provide presentations
tailored specifically for diverse campus groups such as the McNair Scholars, the Summer
Scholars, the LA-STEM students, and the Osher Lifelong Learners Institute. We have
purchased African-American research materials such as Black Short Fiction and Folklore and
Black Thought and Culture (databases offered by Alexander Street Press), subscribed to the
Oxford African-American Studies Center database, and subscribed to the journal Du Bois
Review: Social Science Research.
Develop an internship program for minority librarians, making use of vacant
positions as they occur and/or with support from donors or grants.
Develop assessment tools to guide measures to improve collegiality and morale and
implement needed actions as indicated by those tools.
Develop assessment tools to determine how library services can best be
individualized to meet the diverse needs of students and faculty and implement
those customized services.
Augment outreach to communities in Louisiana who are underrepresented in our
collections in order to foster increased collection development and preservation of