Libraries and librarians are committed to diversity as a foundational value. Diversity goes to the heart of who we are and what we do: a profession that serves everybody.
IU Libraries commits to being self-critically aware – as individuals and an organization – of the world’s diversity and complexity, in order to be an open gateway and effective nexus for people and information.
IU Libraries resources for diversity, equity and inclusion
We often say "at IU Libraries we have been collecting the greatest ideas for 200 years and are ready to inspire yours." But that is not our whole story. To present a fuller picture, we begin by acknowledging that we may have overlooked, ignored or set aside underrepresented voices. Our profession strives for a legacy of neutrality, and for this reason, we collect and preserve many moments, philosophies, and documents none of us describe as "great." It is also true that each of us holds our own biases as we build collections. We recognize that over the course of two centuries, it has been the hundreds of individuals working as IU Librarians and Archivists who have curated the millions of items we now hold.
Today the individuals of IU Libraries have come together to offer an online guide to our most relevant resources and first person documentation of underrepresented experiences in America. Hundreds of databases, primary sources, journals and digital exhibits are available to the IU community and featured in this Diversity Library Guide, which will continue to expand as more resources are suggested and discovered.
- Jennifer Chaffin, Ex Officio
- Rachael Cohen, Co-chair
- Michael Courtney
- Michelle Crowe, Ex Officio
- Diane Dallis-Comentale, Ex Officio
- Michelle Dalmau
- Jackie Fleming
- Julie Hardesty, Co-chair
- David Hulsey
- Meredith Knoff
- Mary Mellon
- Kumiko Reichert
- Emily Schramm
Committee charge: The purpose of this committee is to provide leadership and guidance to the Libraries by promoting understanding in areas of diversity. The Committee shall serve as an advisory group to the Dean, Libraries Administration, and Libraries Human Resources by providing recommendations and planning on diversity programs and initiatives, staff and patron needs, and other concerns in the areas of diversity.
- Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs at Indiana Unversity
- Cultural Involvement: How to support diversity and cultural awareness at IU (includes information on cultural centers and institutes)
- Community Engagement: Bringing the best to IU, and IU to the best
- News & Events
- Making a New Table: Intersectional Librarianship (In the Library with the Lead Pipe)
- Why Diversity Matters: A Roundtable Discussion on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Librarianship (In the Library with the Lead Pipe)
- The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action (In the Library with the Lead Pipe)
- The Diversity Discussion: What We Are Saying (Progressive Librarian) [pdf in Box]
- Monroe County Public Library Calendar
- Motivation to Lead (webinar sponsored by ACRL e-Learning) - Password: lead
Questions we are asking: