On Wednesday, November 14, at 1:00 pm, Liam Sweeney is presenting on “Understanding Institutional Values: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Libraries and Cultural Organizations” as part of a NISO seminar on Building Diversity in the Workforce. To register for the webinar, please visit the NISO website.

About the webinar

This event will look at bias awareness and the difficulties of appropriately valuing diversity in a work environment. What are the implications for the library in terms of data collection, recruitment practices, and mentoring? How might library leadership encourage applicants from a broad spectrum of cultural backgrounds while avoiding any appearance of double standards? How might technology jobs in the library be made more appealing to a greater range of applicants?

Confirmed speakers include: Liam Sweeney, Analyst, Libraries and Scholarly Communication, Ithaka S+R; Alexia Hudson-Ward, Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries, Oberlin College; Samantha Bishop Simmons, Undergraduate Learning Specialist, University of Kansas Libraries.

About Liam’s session

Since 2014 Ithaka S+R has conducted a series of quantitative and qualitative research on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion among libraries and cultural organizations. By collecting demographic data on staff in these industries, we have been able to generate benchmarks from which change can be measured over time. In partnership with organizations such as AAMD, AAM, ARL, DCLA and the Mellon foundation, findings from these studies have affected policy change and informed discourse in the field. With recently published qualitative findings from a series of case studies conducted with relatively diverse U.S. Art Museums, we have sought to understand how the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are fostered through staff efforts.