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Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: An Integrated Approach to a Diversity Audit

CHICAGO—Join Core for the webinar "Best of Core Forum: An Integrated Approach to a Diversity Audit" on May 22, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Collection diversity audits are not a new phenomenon for libraries. While many public and school libraries have taken these projects with varying levels of success, academic libraries, especially medium and large-sized academic libraries, have been hesitant to commit to a collection diversity audit or have done so in a limited capacity. Many medium and large academic libraries approach diversity audits by focusing on a specific area of their collection since large-scale projects of this nature can be time-consuming and unmanageable. Even when an administration supports diversity audits, projects such as this can be daunting and/or given low priority as academic libraries see declining budgets and limited staff available to perform these types of operations. This webinar will focus on one unconventional approach taken as an ongoing pilot collection diversity audit and a shelf space review project in a large Midwestern urban academic library. With limited resources, this method collected and evaluated five years of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) and Social Justice selections and acquisitions data for the library’s general collection, re-envisioning a collection development policy and shelf review study with a sense toward maximizing current and future space efficiency.

This webinar was previously presented in-person as a session at the 2023 Core Forum. We are hosting this webinar, with the session adapted and presented live as a virtual event, to extend its reach.

Best of Core Forum: An Integrated Approach to a Diversity Audit
Live Webinar: Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 1 - 2 p.m. CT


Derek Wilmott, Acquisitions & Collection Management Librarian, University of Toledo Libraries, Toledo, OH

Registration Fees:

Core Member: $57.67
ALA Member: $71.10
Nonmember: $79.00

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