We focus on building and sustaining a healthy organizational culture, providing inclusive services to our campus community and collaborating with campus partners in DEI efforts. We are committed to:

  • Diversity: Advocating for the importance and positive impact of diversity in the Libraries staff, collections, exhibits, services and spaces.
  • Equity: Meeting people where they are and working toward equitable policies and practices of fairness, justice, equal access, and equal opportunity for all people.
  • Inclusion: Helping lead the Libraries to a place where differences are welcome, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual is valued and feels a sense of belonging.

Research and scholarship

Equity, diversity, and inclusion research and scholarship at the University Libraries

Native American student experiences of the academic library

Bucy, R. (2022). Native American student experiences of the academic library. College & Research Libraries, 83(3), 416-433.

This study used qualitative interviews explored Native student perspectives on library services, space, and culture. Findings from this study suggest that core library services are important to Native students, that visible representation of Native Americans contributes to a sense of belonging, and that Native student identity has varied significance for library use. This study has implications for librarians seeking to improve services for Native students.

Gendered language use in library job advertisements

Tokarz, R. & Mesfin, T. (2021). Stereotyping ourselves: Gendered language use in management and instruction library job advertisements. Journal of Library Administration, 61(3), 301-311.

This study analyzed 460 job advertisements of instruction librarian and management positions in academic libraries for the use of gendered language. This study found the largest use of masculine-themed language appeared in management positions. Hiring organizations can work toward balanced gender representation in library leadership by identifying the current use of gendered language in their own job advertisements.

Land Acknowledgments at Land-Grant Libraries and Archives

Anderson, Kimberly. "Land Acknowledgments at Land-Grant Libraries and Archives: A Systematic Review." Journal of Western Archives 13, no. 1 (2022): Article 9.

This study looks at whether academic libraries and archives acknowledge this history in the form of online land acknowledgments; and, where such acknowledgments exist, whether the university also acknowledges its occupation of Indigenous lands. A systematic review of the websites of land-grant colleges and universities and their libraries and archives was conducted. The results indicate that a majority of 1862 land-grant colleges and universities do have a land acknowledgment for the entire campus, but most academic libraries do not have a land acknowledgment specific to the library or archives.

Surveying as Unsettlement

Anderson, Kimberly, and Jessica Maddox. “Surveying as Unsettlement: The Protocols Alignment Survey at the University of Nevada, Reno.” The American Archivist 84, no. 1 (2021): 34–61.

This article describes a collections survey project undertaken by the staff of the University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, to begin the archives' alignment with the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials. The method devised to survey the collection is assessed for its validity and potential application to further survey work. The analysis of the Protocols alignment survey as a case study also offers insights about critical self-reflection and ways for non-Indigenous archivists to strive toward social justice and Protocols alignment using existing discovery and description frameworks as a starting point.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion committee members

Laurel Baker, Co-Chair
Specialist, Discovery and E-Resources

Iñaki Arrieta Baro
Basque Librarian

Deirdre Buckley
Coordinator of Course Reserves and Document Delivery Services

Rosalind Bucy
Humanities Librarian

Rebecca Glasgow
Fabrication and Instruction Librarian

Linda Kopecky
Associate Dean, University Libraries

Mary Martini, Co-Chair
Human Resources Liaison

Ian McGlory
Processing Archivist

Tati Mesfin
Instruction Librarian

Elizabeth Roknich
Web Content Developer

Luka Starmer
Interim Manager of Digital Media Technology