Diversity at The University Libraries

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What Do We Mean by Diversity?


Diversity Resources Page

University Libraries defines diversity as the vibrant variety of human characteristics that combine to shape each one of us. These characteristics include not only the familiar categories of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, but also: age, cognitive style, disability, economic, educational and geographic background, languages spoken, marital status, political affiliation, religious beliefs and more.

Valuing diversity means recognizing that we are all shaped by numerous and varied factors, making each of us uniquely qualified to contribute to the collective goal of the libraries -- to serve the diverse information needs of our diverse user groups.

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Diversity in Context

The University Libraries’ interest in diversity is supported by trends in the field of professional librarianship, demographic realities, and university-wide goals. The American Library Association has implemented an Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services; the Association of Research Libraries has also established a focus area of diversity and inclusion; and other university libraries across the country are recognizing the need to recruit and train a more diverse workforce. According to the latest United States census, the state of North Carolina continues to grow in cultural diversity, as do Guilford County and the city of Greensboro. Furthermore, UNCG has established the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion to "nurture a campus community that reflects and embraces the increasing diversity of North Carolina."

Library Diversity Institutes

Institute of Museum and Library ServicesUNC Greensboro in collaboration with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance has been awarded a $211,783 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to pilot a national Library Diversity Institute program that will address the needs of professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and broadly advance diversity in U. S. academic libraries.

Diversity Residency

Diversity Allinace LogoThe UNCG University Libraries have established a two-year diversity residency in order to foster a new librarian’s professional growth while investing in the libraries’ commitment to diversity. In the first year of the program, the resident will work in three functional areas and thus gain valuable experience in multiple service areas of academic librarianship. In the second year of the program, the resident will choose one service area upon which to focus. The resident will also participate in diversity initiatives for both the library and the university.

Previous Diversity Residents:

Jenay Solomon2016-2018: Jenay Solomon

Jenay is now the Undergraduate Engagement Librarian at The University of Iowa Libraries.

Orolando Duffus2014-2016: Orolando Duffus

Orolando is now the Business Librarian at the University of Houston Libraries.

Nataly Blas2012-2014: Nataly Blas

Nataly is now the Reference & Instruction Librarian for Business at the William H. Hannon Library of Loyola Marymount University.

LaTesha Velez2010-2012: LaTesha Velez

After her residency, LaTesha received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is now a lecturer in the UNCG Department of Library and Information Studies.

Jason Alston2008-2010: Jason Alston

After his residence, Jason earned his PhD from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and is now an Assistant Teaching Professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri.

University Libraries Diversity Committee

The UNCG University Libraries have established a permanent diversity committee, which is charged with ensuring a library environment that is receptive to staff and user diversity, and supportive of diversity in the curriculum and other areas across campus. Possible activities of this committee will include: performing a climate survey; compiling multicultural resource guides; hosting events related to diversity; and encouraging staff participation in diversity workshops and events hosted by other units and institutions.

For more information on the Libraries Diversity Committee, contact Committee Chair Gerald Holmes.