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A survey of diversity and inclusiveness initiatives at Carnegie Doctoral Research Institutions libraries

Regina Koury (Department of Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, USA)
Jenny Lynne Semenza (Department of Library, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA)
Sandra Shropshire (Department of Library, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 21 August 2018

Issue publication date: 7 January 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe survey findings on diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Carnegie Doctoral Research Institutions of Higher Education libraries. The findings would be helpful to libraries that are at the beginning of their own diversity and inclusion initiatives or that wish to compare ongoing efforts.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted a survey of Carnegie Doctoral Research Institutions of Higher Education libraries using Qualtrics, an online survey software. Link to the survey with a short explanation was e-mailed to the 324 identified contacts and 151 responses were received at the end of the survey.

Findings

Survey responses revealed that the most prevalent types of diversity and inclusion initiatives fall into one of three categories. These are the creation/enhancement of library collections, recruitment and collaboration with other campus units. Not surprisingly, lack of money and other resources are identified as challenges faced by those who engage in these initiatives.

Originality/value

No other research currently exists for those interested in assessing diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Carnegie Doctoral Research Institutions of Higher Education libraries.

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Citation

Koury, R., Semenza, J.L. and Shropshire, S. (2019), "A survey of diversity and inclusiveness initiatives at Carnegie Doctoral Research Institutions libraries", Library Management, Vol. 40 No. 1/2, pp. 23-33. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-10-2017-0117

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