Building on the work of the STS Executive Subcommittee, the STS Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Task Force studied the ways in which STS can support the work of equity, diversity, and inclusion within ACRL, academic libraries, and across the library profession. Additionally, the Task Force explored ways in which STS can promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Section. The Task Force suggested concrete policy steps STS may take to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in each of these areas. Recommendations will be submitted to STS Council for further consideration and action.
Equity refers to providing opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to professional growth opportunities and resource networks that are capable of closing the demographic disparities in leadership roles in all spheres of institutional functioning, at the section, division, institutional, and professional levels. Diversity refers to all the ways in which people are unique, including diversity of ideas, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. Inclusion represents the interpersonal and institutional choices we make in our everyday interactions and activities, as well as in the shape of the culture, structures, collections, and systems we create and sustain. Belonging reflects an individual’s sense of being a valued and integral part of the organization; each member should feel they are important and have a vested interest in the organization as a whole.
Task Force deliverables included:
The Task Force began work in January 2019, and submitted its initial recommendations to STS Council for consideration at STS Council I at ALA Midwinter 2020. Council accepted the recommendation that the Task Force's term be extended through June 2020, as an Implementation Team.