Diversity Programming and Outreach for Academic Libraries

Diversity Programming and Outreach for Academic Libraries

1st Edition - June 24, 2011

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  • Authors: Kathleen Hanna, Mindy Cooper, Robin Crumrin
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346357
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632735

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This book outlines issues surrounding diversity among students, faculty, and staff and how one urban university library is working to embrace and celebrate the diversity found in its building, on campus, and in the local community. This book illustrates how universities are uniquely situated to engage students in discussions about diversity and how academic libraries in particular can facilitate and ease these discussions. A Diversity Council and the projects and programs it has developed have been instrumental in this work and may serve as an inspiration and launch pad for other libraries. Diversity Programming and Outreach for Academic Libraries details anecdotal experiences, and provides practical suggestions for developing diversity programs and forming collaborations with other campus units, regardless of size, staff, or focus of the academic library.

Key Features

  • Written by three academic librarians currently active in university level diversity initiatives
  • Provides real-world examples of diversity programming and events for academic libraries
  • Indicates how to find commonalities in the range of diversity issues at universities internationally


Librarians and staff of academic and university libraries

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables

    List of abbreviations

    About the authors

    Chapter 1: Introduction to diversity in academic libraries


    Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

    IUPUI University Library

    Diversity in the academy

    Diversity in libraries

    Diversity outreach and programming in international academic libraries

    Chapter 2: Creating a Diversity Council


    Call for diversity as a priority at IUPUI

    Development of the IUPUI University Library Diversity Council

    Chapter 3: Institutionalizing student involvement in library initiatives


    Student advisory groups

    Challenges to forming a student advisory group

    Rationale behind the University Library Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Program

    Developing the Diversity Scholar Program

    Advertising the Program

    Evaluating the applications

    Hiring and training the Scholars

    Feedback from the Scholars

    Postponed Scholar outreach project to high school students

    Unexpected Scholar issues

    An embarrassment of riches

    Chapter 4: Examples of diversity programming and outreach


    Diversity Scholar campus and community outreach

    Diversity Scholars’ library displays and exhibits

    Diversity Scholars’ online outreach

    Special programs developed by the Diversity Scholars

    Diversity Scholars and national outreach

    International outreach and the Diversity Scholars

    Additional project ideas

    Additional suggestions for outreach and programming


    Exhibits and digital collections


    Special collaborations

    Chapter 5: Building bridges: developing the International Newsroom


    Indiana University’s call for diversity initiatives

    University Library’s proposal

    A second chance at the project

    Construction and furnishing of the International Newsroom

    Changes to the International Newsroom

    Future of the International Newsroom

    Chapter 6: Sharing the wealth: other library departments diversity initiatives


    Increasing involvement throughout the library

    Using diverse digital collections to create community partnerships

    Special Collections and Archives: oral histories

    Tips and suggestions

    Chapter 7: Assessing programming and outreach


    Importance of assessment

    Assessing the diversity of the library collection

    Evaluating use of the International Newsroom by observation and student surveys

    Results of the International Newsroom survey

    Obtaining faculty feedback about the International Newsroom

    Qualitative assessment

    Chapter 8: Challenges and opportunities to continued diversity initiatives


    Current campus climate: opportunities to make a difference

    Diversity initiatives require administrative support

    Issues of bureaucratic red tape

    Ability to move quickly

    Lack of campus coordination

    Spreading our message

    Engaging students and staff

    Developing attractive activities and events

    Appendix A: IUPUI University Library Strategic Plan for Diversity 2007–2009

    Appendix B: IUPUI University Library Diversity Council Charter

    Appendix C: University Library Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Supervisor Position Description

    Appendix D: IUPUI University Library Diversity Scholars Orientation Schedule

    Appendix E: IUPUI University Library Diversity Scholar Info Sheet

    Appendix F: University Library Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Program September 15, 2009

    Appendix G: Sample from the online exhibit, IUPUI Neighborhood Project

    Appendix H: Pre-proposal for the IUPUI University Library International Newsroom

    Appendix I: International Reading Room and International News Sources

    Appendix J: International Reading Room and International News Sources September 3, 2009

    Selected Bibliography


Product details

  • No. of pages: 194
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2011
  • Published: June 24, 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346357
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632735

About the Authors

Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen A. Hanna is an Associate Librarian at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and currently serves as the University Library’s liaison to the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Purdue University and Masters of Information Science from Indiana University.

Mindy Cooper

Mindy M. Cooper is a Visiting Assistant Librarian at IUPUI University Library and serves as Reference Desk supervisor as well as liaison to the School of Journalism. She is currently chair of University Library’s Diversity Council and chair of the library’s Campus Outreach Group.

Robin Crumrin

Robin A. Crumrin is the Associate Dean of Collections and Information Access and Delivery at IUPUI University Library. She oversees four critical support teams: Access Services, Acquisitions, Bibliographic and Metadata Services, and Digital Libraries.

Affiliations and Expertise

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

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