Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action: Planning, Leadership, and Programming—eEditions e-book

The download link for this product can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account Profile. For more information about ALA eEditions file types and how to view them on eReaders, desktop computers, and other devices, see this page.

ALA Member
Item Number
ALA Editions

Primary tabs

You don't need to be an ALA Member to purchase from the ALA Store, but you'll be asked to create an online account/profile during the checkout to proceed. This Web Account is for both Members and non-Members. 

If you are Tax-Exempt, please verify that your account is currently set up as exempt before placing your order, as our new fulfillment center will need current documentation. Learn how to verify here.

  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the author
  • Reviews

All too often, in a hurried attempt to “catch up,” diversity training can create division among staff or place undue burdens on a handful of employees. Instead, academic libraries need approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that position these priorities as ongoing institutional and professional goals. This book’s model programs will help academic libraries do exactly that, sharing a variety of initiatives that possess clear goals, demonstrable outcomes, and reproducible strategies. Librarians, administrators, and directors will all benefit from the programs detailed inside, which include such topics as

  • a university library’s community of practice for interactions and learning around DEI;
  • cultural competency training to create more welcoming instruction spaces;
  • student workshops on literature searches that mitigate bias;
  • overcoming the historic tendency to marginalize LGBTQ+ representation in archives;
  • a curriculum and design workshop that moved from discussing social values to embedding them in actions;
  • the founding of a library-led LGBT club for students at a rural community college;
  • a liberal arts college’s retention-boosting program for first-generation students;
  • tailoring a collection and library services to the unique needs of student veterans; and
  • a framework for moving from diversity to equity and inclusion, toward a goal of social justice.

With this volume’s model programs to guide them, academic libraries and their staff can successfully strengthen their own DEI initiatives.

Christine Bombaro

Chapter 1    Moving from Diversity to Equity and Inclusion with Social Justice as the Goal
A New Framework for an Expansive Definition of Diversity
Matthew P. Ciszek

Chapter 2    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Action
Designing a Collective DEI Strategy with Library Staff
Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros and Sandra Enimil

Chapter 3    Diversity from the Inside Out
Cultivating an Inclusive Library Environment
Orolando A. Duffus, Tiffany N. Henry, and Stacey R. Krim

Chapter 4    That’s Just the Way It Is
How to Challenge Conventional Wisdom and Foster Inclusion in Libraries
Joe Kohlburn and Tracy Gomillion

Chapter 5    Mitigating Implicit Bias in Reference Service and Literature Searching
Molly Higgins and Rachel Keiko Stark

Chapter 6    Creating an Inclusive Teaching and Learning Program for Academic Libraries
Anna Sandelli, Janelle Coleman, and Thura Mack

Chapter 7    Reconstructing History
Addressing Marginalization, Absences, and Silences in the Archives through Community and Collaboration
Stacey R. Krim, David Gwynn, and Erin Lawrimore

Chapter 8    Student Veterans on Campus
Academic Success via Libraries
Eduardo M. Tinoco and Win Shih

Chapter 9    How Librarians Can Improve First-Generation Student Retention Through Outreach, Immersion, and Partnerships
Karla Fribley, Amy Bryant, José-Ignacio Pareja, Bonita Washington-Lacey, and Neal Baker

Chapter 10    Interns, Inclusion, and Iteration
Undergraduates Influencing the Library Profession
Andrea Baruzzi, Pam Harris, and Roberto Vargas

About the Contributors

Christine Bombaro

Christine Bombaro is an associate director at Dickinson College, where she develops and manages the Waidner-Spahr Library’s multiple award-winning information literacy programs. She is the author of the textbook Finding History: Research Methods and Resources for Students and Scholars and co-author of Forgotten Abolitionist: John A.J. Creswell of Maryland. Her work on research pedagogy has been featured in numerous edited books and journals such as Reference Services Review and she presents regularly at conferences and workshops on topics related to information literacy. Bombaro is an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Immersion program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history and secondary teaching certification from Dickinson College, and her master’s degree in library science from Drexel University.

"Thoughtful, useful, and timely ... This book as a whole takes a clear-eyed look at where academic libraries continue to fall short in DEI work and offers a wide array of insights and models to enable us to do better. Even for librarians and organizations that are further along in this work, this book is comprehensive enough to offer everyone something new to consider or emulate. Each chapter is well-written, clear, and informative."
— College & Research Libraries

"A timely sampler of the critical work being done by academic libraries ... This reviewer especially appreciated the practical suggestions and assessment sections found in each chapter that documents a DEI program or course. This work is recommended for academic libraries—or any library—interested in transitioning the concepts of DEI into significant change."
— Serials Review