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DEIA Projects and Initiatives

GOALS

Expanding on the Library's Commitment to Anti-Racism and action plan, these goals were developed to support our efforts to achieve sustained impact on our practices in regard to DEIA:
  1. Incorporate DEIA goals intentionally into the library’s administrative practices.
  2. Provide and support staff learning and engagement opportunities to increase awareness of the ways in which structural racism permeates all aspects of our society and, in regard to libraries, longstanding professional practices.
  3. Incorporate best practices for diversity recruiting into library position searches and work to create an inclusive climate for all staff.
  4. Increase accessibility in all aspects of the library's work.
  5. Ensure that the library’s policies and services are equitable.
  6. Increase the representation of marginalized communities and BIPOC voices among the library’s collections.
  7. Identify, acknowledge, and address intentional and unintentional biases that permeate the ways we describe our holdings.
  8. Deepen the integration of inclusive teaching strategies into the library’s educational program to create a sense of belonging for all students.
  9. Conceptualize and deliver public programs, exhibits, and outreach utilizing an antiracist lens while seeking opportunities for actions that intersect with the ongoing work of the library.
  10. Examine and update library spaces to remove barriers to inclusion and ensure they are welcoming and safe for all members of the Bowdoin community.

Projects and Initiatives

The information below is representative of the library’s ongoing work and is updated periodically.

Project/Task/Activity Lead Department/Team  Responsible Additional Department/Team Participation Primary Goal Addressed Secondary Goal Addressed Status Accomplishments
Review the library’s collection development policies and guidelines to reflect our goal to develop and steward inclusive and diverse collections Collections SC&A 6 In Progress  
Staff participation in a CBB-appointed Subject Heading working group, identifying problematic and outdated subject headings and recommending replacement terms and preferred language Tech Services Liaison Team 7 In Progress
  • Group established (10/21)
  • Group identified subject headings and processes for changing outdated headings. (6/22)
Create an Accessibility webpage Admin Access Services 4 Complete Page launched (7/21)
Seek opportunities to support/patronize diverse businesses and suppliers Admin 1 In Progress
Integrate DEIA goals intentionally within the library’s Strategic Priorities for FY 22 Admin 1 Complete FY 22 goals finalized (9/21)
Add provenance notes to CBBcat records for those items that were originally a part of the Russwurm African American Center Library and subsequently transferred to the collections of the College Library Tech Services 9 Complete Completed (9/20)
Develop a student-curated BIPOC Collections Display program to directly engage students and focus on deepening the collections Liaison Team Collections 9 6 Complete
  • Spring 2021 inaugural display of BIPOC literature curated by Thando Khumalo ’23; added volumes to the collection at Thando's suggestion. (FY 21)
  • Fall 2021 display of Indigenous literature curated by Shandiin Largo '23; added volumes to the collection at Shandin's suggestion. (12/21)
Library Liaison readings and discussions addressing research and instruction through a racial justice lens Liaison Team 2 8 Ongoing
  • Read and discussed of The Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire. (FY 21)
  • Monthly series of readings and discussions addressing research and instruction through a racial justice lens. (12/21)
Provide information and tools for staff to create accessible documents Admin 4 2 Complete AT&C Digital Content & Accessibility Specialist, Juli Haugen, facilitated sessions for staff on creating accessible PDFs and Word documents and on digital accessibility of images (Fall 2021)
Conduct a student-focused library climate survey  Admin 5 10 In Progress
  • Under discussion with Student Library Committee (Fall 2021)
  • Planned for 2022-23 academic year (6/22)
Ensure that all PDFs of Electronic Reserves are accessible Access Services 4 In Progress
Review of the website to achieve compliance with WCAG 2.0 guidelines DIG 4 In Progress 95% AAA accessibility compliance with SiteImprove's automated evaluation/assessment. (6/22)
Deepen existing ties with college programs such as Mellon Mays, Thrive, and Upward Bound and collaborations with other academic support programs, including CLT, BSE, and BASE Liaison Team SC&A 9 In Progress
Expand the archival record of BIPOC student groups in the College Archives SC&A 9 6 Ongoing
Determine and implement a systematic approach to reviewing the library’s collections with a focus on inclusivity, specifically in regard to representation of the voices and experiences of BIPOC and other marginalized voices Collections 6 In Progress Focused attention on deepening e-resource holdings; SC&A increased collection of artists’ books by BIPOC creators. (6/22)
Review fine policies for overdue materials Access Services 5 In Progress No longer charge for fines with the exception of reserves, which are mostly waived, and materials that do not belong to Bowdoin (6/22)
Increase focus on DEIA-related topics for HL book displays Collections 9 Ongoing
Research, develop, and apply critical cataloging methodologies to our descriptive workflows Tech Services 7 Ongoing
  • Cataloger has compiled a Confluence site of resources related to critical cataloging and has begun documenting examples of recataloging requests received and acted on by staff. He is also serving on a CBB working group to identify harmful and/or outdated LCSH subject terms and develop suitable local replacement terms for display in our catalog. (12/21)
  • Call numbers of ~300 books were changed, updating the classification code from Negro to Black; the language in the finding aid for the Miriam and Donald MacMillan papers was updated from Eskimo to Inuit. (6/22)
Address the non-neutrality of archives and rare book collections SC&A 7 9 Ongoing
  • SC&A incorporated into instruction sessions an acknowledgment of the non-neutrality of archives and rare book collections; the outdated terminology found in archival descriptions; and both the presence and absence of voices in terms of what has been collected and described and by whom. This same acknowledgment is integrated into online exhibition texts. (FY 21)
  • Dissemination of  SC&A's policy regarding bias and potential harm inherent to description and collections.This policy now has its own web presence, has been incorporated into Spark sites created to support class visits, and is being linked from the library’s various digital collections systems. (12/21)
Provide transcriptions of oral histories that are part of digital collections SC&A 4 In Progress Digital Archivist has been coordinating a crowd sourced project to create transcriptions to accompany oral histories. (12/21)
Untold Project SC&A 9 In Progress
Determine options for accessibility conversion workflows for documents provided via ILL Access Services 4 In Progress Developed workflows to enable delivery of searchable PDFs via Bowdoin Digital Delivery. (6/22)
Library-wide staff learning Admin 2 Ongoing
  • Library staff reading group, Layla Saad's Me and White Supremacy, summer 2020; held three collaborative sessions for CBB staff - on inclusive cataloging practices, diversifying the collections, and inclusive pedagogy (Fall 2020)
  • Benje Douglas met with the library’s staff 11/21 to discuss how we can ensure that the library provides a hospitable and welcoming environment; planning underway by the DEIA WG for a program focused on Dawnland and the Indigenous communities of Maine.  (12/21)
  • The DEIA WG organized a 3-part program focused on Dawnland and the Indigenouse communities of Maine that included screenings of the film, facilitated discussion groups, and a full staff program with guests Esther Anne and Heather Augustine from Wabanaki REACH. (6/22)
Recruitment Admin 3 Ongoing
  • MH discussions with Michael Reed on recruitment; recast language of position ads to directly address inclusivity and the library's antiracist work; expanded list of posting sites; engaged directly with the CSDI on systems, collections, and cataloging position searches. (FY 21)
  • Incorporating HR discussion on diversity/bias in hiring into process of  formation of all search committees. (12/21)
  • Experimented with a blind review process for the initial review of job applications for the Associate Librarian for Collections position. (6/22)
Outreach to faculty and students for input regarding the composition of the collections Collections Liaison Team 6 9 Ongoing
  • Liaisons working directly with students involved in NASA on developing collections related to Native Americans. (FY 21)
  • Worked with faculty to expanded offerings in the Kanopy streaming film database to include more films in the areas of Ethnicity and Identity, Indigenous Studies, Race and Class Studies, and LGBTQ+ Studies. (6/22)
With participation from staff, students, and faculty, review points of user engagement with the library including Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Special Collections & Archives Admin Access Services 5 10 Not Started