• 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.
  • 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.
  • Accessibility: Providing assistance and instruction which lead users to independent study and research.

Impact

The IDEA Committee has charted new directions in inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility and been a catalyst for change at the University Libraries.

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Professional development

  • Committee members host IDEA Hour discussion sessions for library staff focusing on topics such as refugee treatment, mental health in the workplace and implicit bias.
  • The Committee hosts training opportunities such as Mental Health First Aid, SafeZone and UndocuAlly.
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Policies and spaces

The Committee spearheaded efforts which initiated policy changes and space upgrades within the Libraries, including:

  • Re-examining and revising our hiring practices to ensure better inclusivity by updating wording in the job ads, and adopting practices to make the interview experience less grueling and more enjoyable and equitable for candidates.
  • Working with Campus facilities to open the first public lactation/quiet space in a library building.
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Outreach activities

  • Committee members partner with other departments such as the Multicultural Center and The Center to provide pop-up tabling and virtual reality presentations around campus.
  • Committee members utilize student feedback to create diverse IDEA themed physical and virtual book displays.

IDEA 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