The ACRL Diversity Alliance 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.
The commitment of each library leader to create one or more residency positions will expand the opportunities available to individuals from professionally underrepresented groups to gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to thrive in an academic context. Library leaders participating in the ACRL Diversity Alliance are committed to opening doors, sharing their networks, and preparing residents for success in scholarship, professional service, and leadership. Residents and library leaders will each have access to a network so that they can share ideas, resources, and best practices.
ACRL Diversity Alliance Principles
Libraries wishing to participate in the Diversity Alliance program to increase the pipeline of professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups make the following commitments:
- Establish a residency program for at least one individual that lasts a minimum of two years (three years preferred).
- Commit to designing experiences at the local level to expand the residents’ interests and skills, e.g., mentorships, rotation through other library units, etc.
- Agree to serve as a resource, i.e., advisors and guides, to those institutions participating in the ACRL Diversity Alliance.
- Provide at a minimum the same level of professional development support provided other library faculty/staff/employees.
- Provide a salary for the resident commensurate with the salaries of equivalent entry-level library professionals.
Commitments to the ACRL Diversity Alliance are renewed annually to ensure these principles continue to be a priority.
Benefits to Institutions
- Participation in an effort to improve the pipeline of diverse individuals who will compete for academic and research library jobs.
- Access to other Alliance institution's and coordinator's insights, job postings, and residency rotation schedules.
- Receive annually a digital badge to be placed on the institution’s website, recognizing its commitment to the Alliance’s principles.
- Attract a more diverse candidate pool, by including language in job postings that the institution is part of the Alliance.
The fee for the Diversity Alliance is set by the ACRL Board of Directors as recommended by the Diversity Alliance Task Force. The fee is $500, paid annually by calendar year, and partially offsets administrative costs for the program. The ACRL Diversity Alliance Program requires annual commitments by individual institutions and consortial pricing is not available.
How Do I Join the ACRL Diversity Alliance?
Joining the ACRL Diversity Alliance requires just two things:
- An annual commitment to the principles of the program as noted above, signed by the library director/dean. Any institutions whose library dean/director signs a letter committing to these principles are eligible for participation/membership in the ACRL Diversity Alliance.
- A $500 fee to support the program.
To join, download the ACRL Diversity Alliance Letter of Commitment (fillable PDF) and complete and return that form to ACRL via email or mail.
Payment and the ACRL Diversity Alliance Letter of Commitment should be sent to:
ACRL Diversity Alliance
Attn: Sophie Skinner
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Fax: (312) 280-2520
Telephone: (312) 280-2512
ACRL Diversity Alliance badges will be delivered to participating institutions upon receipt of the letter of commitment and payment of annual fees.
Diversity Alliance Member Institutions
The Founding Members of the Diversity Alliance are American University, University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University.
More Information/ Additional Resources
ACRL Diversity Alliance Task Force: Oversees the Diversity Alliance, serves as a champion of the program, builds relationships and investigates partnerships with appropriate ACRL and ALA groups, and proposes future directions, including governance, to the ACRL Board of Directors.
ACRL Residency Interest Group: Supports the creation, implementation, management, and promotion of library residency programs.