ACRL Diversity Alliance


The ACRL Diversity Alliance program unites academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. By thinking bigger and broader, across all academic libraries, we will introduce and welcome to the job market underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with work experiences that advance academic/research libraries.

The commitment of each library leader to create one or more residency positions will increase the numbers of opportunities for professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to gain the knowledge, skills and competencies to thrive in an academic context. Participation in the ACRL Diversity Alliance requires a deep commitment on the part of library leaders to open doors, share their networks, connect people at conferences, etc., to facilitate deeper understanding of the profession and prepare them to participate in the wider higher education community and for success in scholarship, professional service, and leadership. In addition to the network of library leaders, residents will have access to a cohort and/or network that allows for sharing of ideas, resources, best practices, etc.

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:

  1. Establish a residency program for at least one individual that lasts a minimum of two years (three years preferred).
  2. Commit to designing experiences at the local level to expand the residents’ interests and skills, e.g., mentorships, rotation through other library units, etc.
  3. Agree to serve as a resource, i.e., advisors and guides, to those institutions participating in the ACRL Diversity Alliance.
  4. Provide at a minimum the same level of professional development support provided other library faculty/staff/employees.
  5. 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.


Fees for the Diversity Alliance are set by the ACRL Board of Directors as recommended by the Diversity Alliance Steering Committee/Task Force. Fees are $500 annually and partially offset administrative costs for the program. The ACRL Diversity Alliance Program requires an annual commitment 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:

  1. 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.
  2. A $500 fee to support the program.

To join, download the ACRL Diversity Alliance Letter of Commitment (fillable PDF), complete, and return to ACRL at the address below.

Payment should be sent to:

ACRL Diversity Alliance
Attn: Sophie Skinner
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

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

Founding Members

The Founding Members of the Diversity Alliance are American University, University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University.

2016-2017 Members

American University
Bowling Green State University
Clemson University

Emory University
Florida State University
Gulf Coast State College
Harvard University
Indiana University Bloomington
Iowa State University
Louisiana State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michigan State University
North Carolina State University
The Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A&M University
Towson University
University of Alberta
University of California, Riverside
University of Delaware
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Virginia Tech
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.

Frequently Asked Questions about the ACRL Diversity Alliance