A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Approach to Collection Development in a University Library
University of the Pacific’s objective in a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) audit of library collections was to examine the voices and subjects represented and reveal diversity gaps. During Spring 2021, in collaboration with library employees, eight student interns determined the methodology, assessed print and eBook collections, and provided recommendations on closing identified collection gaps. Initial results from auditing ~4,000 representative titles indicated University of the Pacific's library book collections lack the diversity to adequately reflect racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of students and their expectations for assignments and research. This paper documents the audit process and its impact on collection development decisions and policy.
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Gibney, M., Paris, M., Wells, V. (2022). A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Approach to Collection Development in a University Library. Scholarly Commons. (Pre-print) http://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/libraries-articles/121
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