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CCL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force: Resources

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Related Links

CUNY Libraries’ Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

In this extraordinary mosaic of cultures that is CUNY, the Libraries will always uphold the fundamental values of respect, equity, intellectual freedom, access to knowledge, and service to all.

We promote equal and fair treatment under the law for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, political viewpoint, socioeconomic background, or religious belief.

Supporting and embracing diversity and inclusion is central to our mission, and core to our professional ethos and our democracy. We will continue to embody, defend, and promulgate these shared values in our own codes of conduct.

We accomplish this by:

  • Respectfully supporting CUNY students, faculty, and staff
  • Empowering our communities to critically evaluate and apply information based on the tenets of information literacy
  • Protecting patron privacy
  • Advocating for inalienable rights for all
  • Providing a refuge and forum for civil discourse, exchange of ideas, learning, and empowerment
  • Being vigilant

CUNY Libraries have long advocated for the success and empowerment of our communities, so we are poised as ever to support CUNY’s honored mission in these challenging times.

Greg Gosselin
Interim Dean of Libraries and Information Systems
November 16, 2016

Endorsed by CUNY Council of Chief Librarians
December 12, 2016

DEI Projects and Initiatives

  1. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Standards Toolkit:
  2. ACRL Diversity Alliance:
  3. Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Diversity in Collections Projects:
    1. Baildon, M., Hamlin, D., Jankowski, C., Kauffman, R., Lanigan, J., et al. (2017) Creating a Social Justice Mindset: Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in the Collections Directorate of the MIT Libraries. MIT Libraries.
    2. Berman, Sanford. (1993) Prejudices and antipathies: A tract on the LC subject heads concerning people.
    3. Bowers, Jennifer, Katherine Crowe, and Peggy Keeran. 2017."If you want the history of a white man, you go to the library": Critiquing our legacy, addressing our library collections gaps. Collection Management 42 (3-4): 159.
    4. Diverse Book Finder "A collection of more than 2,000 children's picture books featuring people of color and Indigenous people (IPOC)."
    5. Greco, A. N., Wharton, R. M., & Brand, A. (2016). Demographics of scholarly publishing and communication professionals: Demographics of publishing professionals. Learned Publishing, 29(2), 97-101.
    6. Hathcock, A. (2016, July 29). A lot's in a name, Romeo. At the Intersection.
    7. Lamdan, Sarah. When Westlaw Fuels ICE Surveillance: Ethics in the Big Data Policing Era. (August 14, 2018). New York University Review of Law & Social Change, Forthcoming.
    8. Linton, J., & Ducas, A. (2017). A New Tool for Collection Assessment: One Library's Response to the Calls to Action Issued by Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Collection Management, 42(3-4), 256-279.
    9. Michigan State University Multicultural & Diverse Children’s Literature LibGuide
    10. Radical Cataloging: Using alternative subject headings locally to promote inclusiveness and diversity
    11. Sandberg, Jane. 2019. Ethical questions in name authority control.Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.
    12. Tillay, Rachel, and CC Chapman. (2019). A New Digital Method for Assessing the Diversity of Creator Identities in the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Media Services DVD Collection. Music. Reference Services Quarterly.
    13. Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (2015). Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.
    14. University of Colorado Boulder Libraries. (2018, August 19). Inclusive Spaces and Practices.
    15. University of Toledo Diversity & Inclusion on Campus @ UT Libraries: Diversity Book Awards LibGuide