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Libraries' IDEA

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility

Library staff have engaged with diversity, equity and inclusion work for some years, but the confluence of events in the summer of 2020 sparked a desire to structure this work in a way that integrates it into every staff person's job description and in hopes of making the work be sustainable into the future.

Highlights of IDEA work include:

  • Publishing an Anti-Black Racism Statement 
  • Developing documentation for inclusive hiring practices including onboarding and a Job Board resource to help hiring managers recruit diverse candidates for library positions.
  • Creating an #ownvoices collection development project.  (#ownvoices is a hashtag movement used to recommend books about diverse characters that are written by authors of that same group) Students and Librarians collaborated to create an #ownvoices LibGuide and an ongoing process for adding titles to our permanent collections.

Spring '22 Library Interns visit Philadelphia's oldest Black owned Bookstore, Hakim's, as part of their #ownvoices study.

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