ACRL Presents: Cultures of Collecting: Sustaining Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Collection Development

Join us at 2:00 p.m. Central on Thursday, May 27, 2021, for the free ACRL Presents webcast “Cultures of Collecting: Sustaining Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Collection Development.”

ACRL’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee will lead this panel discussion. What is the “right way” to decenter racism when building collections in academic libraries? As librarians how do we hold ourselves accountable for fostering diversity and equity through our collection development plans? What systemic and pervasive barriers within academic libraries must be dismantled before we can effectively perform and sustain this work? Please join us for this panel discussion to hear experts from academic libraries and special collections repositories provide insights into including diverse perspectives in scholarly collections for teaching, research, and learning.

Discussion will include the value of expanding collections with diversity in mind, how to assess collections for diverse content, continuing to include underrepresented voices when funding is restricted, and ensuring diverse voices are preserved when collections are weeded or reappraised. This webinar will include methodologies for assessment, and time for question and response. Mary Beth Lock, Associate Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Chair of the ACRL/EDI Committee will moderate the discussion. The panelists invite you to submit your questions in advance through the online registration form, so they can shape the program best around the areas of greatest importance to attendees.


Roxanne Backowski, Assistant Professor and the Head of Electronic Resources and Acquisitions, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, Associate University Librarian, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Scarlet Galvan, Area Lead for Assessment and Planning, and Collection Strategist Librarian, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI