Clark Library and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Clark Library is committed to creating spaces, services, and workplaces that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Our shared value of Respect, from our Statement of Ethics, states that we “recognize the worth of each person and foster an environment of inclusiveness.” Guided by this belief, the library has made the following commitments:

  • Belonging. We will create a place of academic and cultural belonging by evaluating library practices for unseen barriers and constructing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to contribute to the library space and services so that the library's work centers their identities and needs.
  • Learning. We commit to continual learning, to proactively seek to understand the changes in our environment that affect our students and faculty, and to create conversations and feedback opportunities that will guide our work. We will share what we learn with our campus community.
  • Value. We will maintain spaces and services where students, faculty, and staff, including library workers, feel valued. This includes acknowledging the labor upon which our work and institution is built and reflecting diverse identities and experiences in our teaching and collections.

 Ongoing Work:

  • Collection development for diverse voices - We are revising the Collection Development Policy to provide a clear mandate to purchase materials from voices underrepresented in our print and electronic collections. The Library is also evaluating options for retrospective collection-building that address deficiencies in our current collection regarding diversity of voices.
  • Ongoing learning opportunities for library faculty and staff - Dedicated work time and individual professional goals encourage each employee of the library to better their understanding of the specific demographics and needs of our campus community, the history of oppression that shapes higher education and libraries, and the strategies that we can employ to create a more diverse and inclusive space.
  • EDI and library ethics curriculum for library student workers - In Fall 2021, we are piloting professional development for student workers, including connecting their work with ethics and inclusive practices through readings from library scholars.
  • Clark Library Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Committee (CLEDIC) - The CLEDIC provides leadership in designing and assessing initiatives that advance EDI and anti-oppression work. Currently this committee is exploring the concept of justice in the context of libraries and how this affects user engagement with collections and services.

Recent Projects:

  • Anti-Oppression Guide - This guide provides users with resources on how to approach every person with dignity, regardless of race, sex/gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, class, or political perspective.
  • Equity lens project - In Spring 2021, using a worksheet based on the NAO Equity & Inclusion Lens Guide, all library staff and faculty examined practices in their area of work to determine ways that the library can be more equitable in its application of policies and more inclusive in its service.
  • Hiring Practices Manual - The Hiring Committee completed an extensive review and standardization of the Library’s hiring practices, with the goal of mitigating bias in the recruitment process and creating more inclusive and positive experiences for candidates. The full set of guidelines went into effect in Summer 2021 and will be reassessed and refined yearly.