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” and, guided by this belief, we work to show students, faculty, and staff that they are valued in the library.

Library 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 in ways that center their identities and needs in the library’s work.
  • 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:

  • Anti-Oppression Guide - This guide provides users with resources regarding how to approach every person with dignity, regardless of race, sex/gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, class, or political perspective.
  • 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 addresses deficiencies in our current collection regarding diversity of voices.
  • Training for library faculty and staff - We have been reading and participating in collaborative activities to better understand 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.
  • Examining hiring practices to reduce bias - Our Hiring Committee has been working to bring together University hiring guidelines and best practices for inclusive hiring into a single set of procedures for the Library that aims to reduce bias in the hiring process.
  • Clark Library Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Committee (CLEDIC) - The CLEDIC increases awareness of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) issues in academic library, archives, and museum work, and provides leadership in designing and assessing initiatives that advance EDI and anti-oppression work. The committee makes recommendations to the Library Dean for projects that move the library forward as an inclusive and diverse organization both for employees and for the campus community.