Perspective Change and Relentless Incrementalism in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
This is part 1 of the Core Forum Webinar Series on Leadership & Management, a four-part webinar series that highlights a variety of topics including diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), strategies for addressing certain staff issues, peer mentoring and midcareer development, and how to establish a culture of sustainable assessment. Originally part of the cancelled Core Forum, the presentations are geared toward library workers in leadership and management positions. Core members and non-members are welcome to attend.
Description: Three years ago, I was encouraged to lead a newly formed DEI Task Force in our merged Library & IT division (small liberal arts college). We were charged with implementing a three-part strategy: building a diverse team, arranging professional development opportunities for our staff, and providing diverse and inclusive services and resources (including library collections). We discarded the mindset of forced trainings and assumed (rightly) that the staff truly desired to enhance excellence through diversity and inclusion; then we continually set and achieved small goals. We not only have accomplished much but have come to be seen as a campus trailblazer.
At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
- be familiar with examples of library DEI goals, resources, and specific examples of DEI activities, and be able to list ways to apply these to their own situations;
- be able to identify and develop assessment tools to determine effectiveness of their DEI initiatives; and
- have the tools to construct a process to establish and/or extend collaboration with other campus constituencies on DEI activities
Who Should Attend: Anyone who wants to make library collections and spaces more inclusive and to educate and encourage library staff on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Presenter: Beth Bohstedt is the Director, Learning & Research Services, for Hamilton College’s Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). She is responsible for Research & Instructional Design, Collections, Circulation, ILL, Diversity & Inclusion efforts, and LITS facilities oversight, as well as a member of the LITS Strategic Leadership Team. She previously worked at the Grinnell College Libraries in Grinnell, Iowa. She has served on ACRL, EAST, and regional committees, and has presented at ACRL, the Charleston Conference, EDUCAUSE, and numerous regional conferences on topics such as collection strategies, space planning, diversity, and incident response. Beth received a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and a M.S. in LIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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