43 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 301 2020 Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Programs and Methodologies to Consider Kiyomi Deards, Visiting Program Officer for Diversity and Leadership, Association of Research Libraries, and Associate Professor and Librarian for Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Physics & Astronomy, and Water, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Mark A. Puente, Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Inclusion, and Diversity, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies In August of 2020, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its signature diversity recruitment effort, the Kaleidoscope Program, formerly called the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. Although established in 2000, the program developed out of consultative capacity at ARL that had been developed since 1990. In the past 20 years, looking solely at the five racial/ethnic categories tracked by the US Census Bureau (African American, Caucasian/other, American Indian and Native Alaskan, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic), representation of minoritized populations in professional positions in US ARL university libraries has increased from a combined 11.4% in 1999–2000, to 16.2% in 2018– 2019.1,2 Looking at the raw numbers, in 1997–1998, there were 854 MLIS or comparably credentialed “minority” librarians employed in the 98 US university libraries for which those data were tracked. In 2018– 2019, that number increased to 1,507 in 100 libraries, for a net gain of 654 library professionals who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Causation is difficult to impossible to attribute without a detailed analysis of the current population of minoritized professionals employed in ARL member institutions, but it is fair to say that there has been a significant increase in the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color populations since the inception of the Kaleidoscope Program in 2000. Although not 100% of those who fall into those racial/ethnic
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