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Thursday, May 19 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
The power of equity, diversity, and inclusion as a foundation for a successful library community

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In this session, we will share insights from our efforts towards increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in our academic library, resulting in a hiring search for an Outreach Librarian with an EDI focus. We will discuss the practices that gave momentum to these efforts, and resulting strategies for ensuring a diverse pool of candidates, as well as an inclusive environment once the new librarian arrives. We will share best practices informed by our work in Professional Learning Communities, the ACRL Diversity Alliance, Web Design, and our institution’s Chief Diversity Officer to take back to your own library communities.

Learning objectives:
Harness the power of equity and diversity as a foundation for a creative, productive, and collaborative library community
Recognize and reflect on best recruitment, hiring, and retention practices from experts in the field of equity, diversity, and inclusion
Implement the shared strategies in their own places of work

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Anne R. Diekema

Assoc. Professor/Dept. Chair, Southern Utah University
Anne Diekema is Department Chair of the Library & Information Science department at Southern Utah University's Sherratt Library. Anne teaches information literacy and library research skills and studies how to best prepare students for information problem solving in school, profession... Read More →
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Caitlin Gerrity

School Library Program Director, Southern Utah University
Caitlin Gerrity is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the School Library Media Endorsement Program at Southern Utah University. She teaches college-level information literacy skills and prepares teacher librarians for the State of Utah and beyond.

Christopher Clark

Southern Utah University

Katharine Frazier

Southern Utah University

Thursday May 19, 2022 1:30pm - 2:20pm MDT
Stratus 7-9