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Diversity Statement

American University Library is committed to diversity and inclusion by providing an inclusive, welcoming, and adaptable environment for the community. We recognize that this is an ongoing process and aim to engage in diversity and inclusion as more than just numeric representation. We will continue to work on intentionally diversifying our personnel, services, and collections in meaningful ways.

Areas of Focus

  • Organizational and professional values
  • Workforce diversity
  • Organizational dynamics
  • Professional education and continuous learning
  • Development of collections, programs, and services

Library Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

  • The Internal Diversity & Inclusion Committee supports and engages personnel in promoting diversity and building an inclusive environment at AU Library, including sharing resources and hosting workshops for Library personnel to develop cultural competencies.
  • Exploring Social Justice is a lecture series that brings together campus leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for human rights and social justice.
  • The Library has purchased all of the General Education textbooks and many of the most expensive textbooks ($150+) to reduce financial barriers.
  • The Library works with the Academic Support & Access Center to provide assistive technology, including: two adaptive technology rooms, loanable laptops with assistive technology software installed, and several wheelchair accessible scanners.
  • The Library's Student Success Collection includes resources for undergraduates to learn and build skills on transitioning to academic life.
  • The Library hosts one of the lactation rooms available on campus.
  • As a member of the Diversity Alliance, American University has:
    • Established a residency program for at least one individual that lasts a minimum of two years (three years preferred).
    • Committed to designing experiences at the local level to expand the residents' interests and skills, e.g., mentorships, rotation through other library units, etc.
    • Agreed to serve as a resource, i.e., advisors and guides, to those institutions participating in the ACRL Diversity Alliance.
    • Provided at a minimum the same level of professional development support provided other library faculty/staff/employees.
    • Provided a salary for the resident commensurate with the salaries of equivalent entry-level library professionals.
ACRL Diversity Alliance 2019. Founding Institution

This program unites academic libraries committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. By working together and thinking more broadly, ACRL Diversity Alliance institutions will help diversify and thereby enrich the profession.

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