Librarians and library staff shall develop collections and provide programs and services that are inclusive of the needs of all persons in the community the library serves.
Widespread changes in the linguistic and cultural fabric of library populations, coupled with the increasing sophistication of information technology, both require and make possible new approaches to the development of library collections and the provision of inclusive community-wide services. Upholding a commitment to cultural competence requires ensuring equitable access to collections and library services that is mindful of these changes.
Librarians and library staff need to learn how to detect and prevent exclusion of diverse constituents from service opportunities and seek to create opportunities for constituents, matching their needs with culturally competent services or adapting services to better meet the culturally unique needs of constituents. Furthermore, they need to foster policies and procedures that help ensure access to collections that reflect varying cultural beliefs.
For those responsible for the development and management of library collections and/or the provision of library programs and services, this specifically involves:
To the extent that it is possible, we have selected several national and state resources. Note that the UAF libraries are not responsible for the content of external websites. These news feeds are simply a starting point to your implementing of these standards.
Open up the conversation of diversity to your patrons. Involve the community in developing a diverse collection. Opening up a dialouge with the community will aid in the selection of materials.