The library’s commitment to anti-racism, as shared initially in June 2020, in the aftermath of the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, has been archived here.

DEI Progress Reports

2020-2021 Report

Contact Info

Luke Vilelle, University Librarian 540-362-6232

Email: lvilelle@hollins.edu

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Library Service to Campus Initiatives

Rebecca Seipp, VPDEI search committee, 2020-21

Maryke Barber, Co-chair of the Working Group on Slavery and its Contemporary Legacies, 2020-22

Diversity, Equity, and Justice

The library has a fundamental commitment to provide “a welcoming environment where all members of our community feel like they belong,” and “we strive for equity, diversity and inclusion through every aspect of our resources and services. This includes accessible spaces, diverse collections, and responsive policies and programming.” Following the call and lead of Pres. Mary Hinton, we recognize we must incorporate equity, diversity, and justice education and action into the fabric of our professional work. To that end, this page will document our work toward the goals identified in Pres. Hinton’s Aug. 31, 2020 Report on Inclusion, Diversity, and Justice at Hollins. We will update this page with progress toward our goals.

Need to increase diverse representation on campus

The library looks forward to ensuring our next searches utilize the best practices identified in Pres. Hinton’s report, including the inclusion of search advocates in the process. The library has taken previous steps toward broadening its candidate pools to be more inclusive (for example, by blinding applications through the removal of names, by reducing the number of required qualifications for positions, and by advertising open positions in more diverse locations) and will extend this work with the support of campus partners.

Review 2020-21 goals and actions

2021-22 goal
  • Incorporate search advocates (to the extent available) and voluntarily reported demographic data from candidates (if possible) into our searches.

Enhanced professional development for all

Library staff members, since 2018, have been required to have an equity and diversity goal for themselves each year, focused on their personal development. These goals have often included commitments to read books, watch films, and/or attend events that will broaden the staff member’s experiences and enable connections across skin colors and cultures. We continue to seek opportunities for personal, library, and community growth.

Review 2020-21 goals and actions

2021-22 goals
  • Continue to utilize a Teams group for EDI discussions, and also dedicate time in staff meetings to discuss potential actions. In the Teams group, we will share thoughts, ideas, and links to content. In staff meetings, we will dedicate time for contributing and discussing potential actions based on our learning and reflection.
  • Participate as widely as possible in university-wide workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in support of the work of Hollins’ new Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Review and enhance our staff and student assistant training and onboarding materials so we can better recognize and avoid micro-aggressions, and ensure all members of our community feel like they belong in our library.

Providing an inclusive academic experience

An inclusive curriculum needs an inclusive library collection, in which every student can see themselves. An inclusive curriculum needs librarians who are prepared to lead difficult conversations in the classroom. An inclusive academic experience needs to ensure that all students feel like they belong in every part of campus, including the library. The library initiated a series of conversations with students across campus about their library experiences in the spring of 2020, beginning with participants in ISOP and ETP, and expanding in 2020-21 to groups such as the Black Student Association, the Muslim Student Association, and the Union des Estudiantes Latinx. An inclusive academic experience also needs to recognize the historical barriers to such a sense of belonging, including the university’s ties to enslavement. The library’s archivist and outreach librarian have been a part of the campus Working Group on Slavery and its Contemporary Legacies since its inception.

Review 2020-21 goals and actions

2021-22 goals
  • Raise awareness of our zine collection, which is a key component of our effort to bring more diverse voices into our collection.
  • Dedicate collection development funds to the new office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, for the purchase of new materials for the library collection.
  • Conduct a micro-assessment project to analyze the diversity/inclusivity of one aspect of our collection.
  • Each liaison librarian will identify a goal to diversify a particular aspect of the collection related to their departmental curricula. We will track these purchases and provide a report at the end of 21-22.
  • Host at least one library exhibit each semester that speaks to a DEI issue.
  • Create a plan of action to ensure a more welcoming library space for Hollins students from historically marginalized populations. Such a plan might include art installations, dedicated exhibit spaces, affinity spaces, and/or other approaches. The details will be developed through discussions with campus community members.
Last updated: August 5, 2021 at 14:55 pm