The Residency Interest Group (RIG)’s subgroup on diversity residencies has developed the Diversity Residency Toolkit that contains four tools that provide guidance for a residency program from its inception to its completion and beyond.
Sponsored by Grand Valley State University Libraries
After a brief introduction to the ACRL Diversity Alliance, learn more about the ACRL Residency Interest Group's (RIG) newly published Diversity Residency Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed to support organizations that are considering hosting a diversity residency program or revising an existing program with a suite of tools to support the resident experience. Engage with the developers to learn about the resident-centered framework and how to use the Toolkit. This webinar was held on February 7, 2022.
Resources referenced during the webinar
This presentation will explore perspectives on inclusive hiring practices from both sides of the table. Grand Valley State University Libraries developed inclusive recruitment and high-empathy hiring practices, which they implemented in 2018. The Dean and a past diversity resident team up to dissect the hiring process from both of their perspectives. Annie Bélanger discusses the work behind critically examining the existing hiring process, designing an inclusive recruitment plan, and implementing a new structure in order to ensure empathy to applicants going through the process. Preethi Gorecki then discusses the impact of inclusive hiring on perceptions of the work environment, satisfaction with the search, and overall experience of the hiring process. This webinar was held on February 28, 2022.
Residency coordinators from current Diversity Alliance institutions are added to the members-only ALA Connect Community. The community provides a space for residency coordinators to ask questions, share ideas, and engage in conversation. Please contact ACRL Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives Allison Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org if your institution is a current Diversity Alliance member and you'd to be added to the listserv.
Current Diversity Alliance residents can informally connect in the residents-only Slack Channel. Contact email@example.com to add your residents.
The Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries are intended to emphasize the need and obligation to serve and advocate for racial and ethnically diverse constituencies. As such, they are intended to apply to all libraries supporting academic programs at institutions of higher education.
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services (ODLOS) offers a number of helpful resources for residency coordinators including: Recruiting for Diversity, Strategic Planning for Diversity, and Diversity Research and Statistics.
The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) provides information on multiculturalism in libraries, as well as a comprehensive list of multicultural bibliographies, guidelines, and standards.
The School of Information (iSchool) at San José State University, with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, developed a residency model for recent MLIS graduates, focused on leadership development and integrating emerging technology in diverse types of libraries. Learn more about the Catalyst project and residency model and download the iSchool’s whitepaper on the project on the San José State University website.
“Hiring residents has been like holding a mirror to our organization and having some good conversations around where we need to improve in terms of inclusivity creating a welcoming environment for our employees.”
- Karen Diaz, Dean, West Virginia University Libraries