As Ithaka S+R continues our research into issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within cultural organizations, we are excited to attend the National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC). Co-sponsored by the UCLA Library and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the conference will take place on the UCLA campus on August 10 – 13. More information about the conference is available at http://ndlc.info/

Under the theme of “Bridges to Inclusion,” the conference endeavors to highlight issues related to diversity and inclusion that affect staff, users, and institutions in the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields. It also aims to articulate the value of and develop strategies for diversity and inclusion in LAMs in order to improve organizational excellence and community engagement.

Ithaka S+R is currently engaged in a study to explore these types of topics within the academic library community. Through this project, which is being funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we will gather data about the demographic composition of the employees of academic libraries in institutions that grant the bachelor’s degree or higher. We will also study policy and perceptions about issues of equity, inclusiveness, and diversity, from the perspective of library directors. The research will be conducted on an aggressive timeline so that findings can be reported in the fall.

We look forward to learning from the NDLC and to sharing our findings later this year.