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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The ֱ Library supports equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility work — in programming, services, teaching and learning, staff culture, scholarship, and advocacy,however, we still have much learning to do – as individuals working in an academic research library, Library administratorsleading teams,and as an organization as a whole. We look to align Library initiatives with those outlined in ֱ’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism, ֱ’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Strategic Plan (2020-2025) and our to be taken in all areas of the academic research library organization. The Library commits to engaging with this challenging and ongoing work in a variety ofways with the aim of building deep and meaningful change.

Master of Information Studies Fellowship for Black Students. Applications due 31 March 2023.

The following action items have been undertaken by ֱ Library in 2020-2021 or will be developed in 2021-2022 to address anti-Black racism and work in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI).

Collections

Actions Executive owner(s) Progress
Create a LibGuide on anti-Black racism. LibGuides Committee In progress

Continue to publish related LibGuides and add EDI content to existing LibGuidesin adjacent subject areas.

User Services

In progress

Create curated book displays in adjacent subject areas. User Services

In progress

Make primary source material more accessible through the creation of Reference Guides for ֱ's Institutional History. Rare Books & Special Collections, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, Visual Arts Collection, Archives (ROAAr)

In progress

Archive of web content that documents ֱ's response to Anti-Black Racism, specifically within the context of the 2020 conversations around Black Lives Matter and calls to address Anti-Black Racism and systemic racism. Digital Initiatives and ֱ Archives

In progress

  • Access the collection directly through or through ֱ Library’s .
Animate primary resources featuring under-told ֱ stories. 1) Build a digital game that showcases the contributions of historical, racialized and ethnically diverse ֱians. 2) Create of a podcast that explores the gaps in the ֱ Library collections where voices are under-represented. ROAAr

In progress

Decolonization of subject headings.

Collection Services

In progress

2021-2023

  • Indigenous and Inuit collections work connected to ROARr collections
  • Homosaurus Thesaurus work - LGBTQ linked data vocabulary - -headings added to WorldCat records
  • Joined Library of Congress Subject Authority Cooperative Program
  • Following the groupre: new subject headings related to indigenous people
  • Attend webinars on this topic including

Continue to develop and curate collections and other resources that represent the voices and expressions of black, Indigenous, people of colour and other underrepresented communities.

Collection Services

In progress

  • The Collection Development Committee keeps a wish list of resources to purchase at year-end. EDI purchases listed and considered.
  • Purchase Requests - Patterns with the online purchased requests identified (identifies any gaps to be filled).
  • Work with publishers and vendors who support EDI efforts. These include:
    • Adam Matthews - Recent acquisitions include access to from Adam Matthews.
    • Bloomsbury - They strive for their authors, illustrators, and creative talent to match, at a minimum, national census data on Black, Asian, and multi-ethnic representation, and they strive for 20% for the UK and 35% for US new authors to be from Black and minority ethnic groups.
    • EBSCO - we have a number of resources from EBSCO related to diversity -
    • Elsevier - has a commitment to diversity in their workforce and product lines -
    • ProQuest - Have access to ProQuest's Diversity Collections -
    • Oxford University Press - A commitment to diversity in their book publishing -
    • Sage - We have access to almost all collections from Sage, including their diversity collections -
    • Springer/Nature - Has a DEI policy for their workforce and products -
    • UK Publishers Association - They support EDI efforts by their members -
Library to support the planned monograph on ֱ history. All units. Not yet started/on hold

Supporting Scholarly Practice

Actions Executive owner(s) Progress

Workshop for student journal editors on EDI Issues in scholarly publishing.

This workshop describes specific actions journal teams can take to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their publication and teams based on existing journal practices.

Jessica Lange

Completed completed

  • Workshop given twice in winter 2022 (once to ֱ-only editors; second to Canadian student journal editors, including ֱ). Workshops slides available for reuse.

Improving Library Services

Actions Executive owner(s) Progress

Gain practical experience with improving web site accessibility and implement lessons learned.

Digital Initiatives

In progress

  • The Gwillim digital exhibit, when launched later in 2022, will be a major step ֱ for the accessibility of McGIll's digital collections.
  • Early planning for Library web site refresh and move from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 is making room for accessibility improvements.

Human Resources

Actions Executive owner(s) Progress
In collaboration with the Academic Personnel Office, develop and implement revised procedures for ensuring members of underrepresented groups are present on short lists when hiring librarians. Specific changes might include excluding women from the definition of under-represented groups for librarian hires (since librarianship is a majority female profession), to more effectively target candidates who represent other types of diversity. Dean's Cabinet

Not yet started/on hold

2021-2022

In partnership with the School of Information Studies, implement a pilot program to recruit, train, and support people ofcolourin the field of librarianship. The pilot will provide funding for 2 Black students as Fellows, and the program if successful will extend to other under-represented groups in the future. Fellows will receive a tuition award in SIS to complete theMIStprogram, a part-time RA position in the Library while enrolled in SIS, and a two-year contract Librarian position following their earning of theMISt.

Initial applications are due January 15, 2023. Get more information.

Dean’s Cabinet and all units & ֱ School of Information Studies

In progress

2022-2023

Professional Development

Actions Executive owner(s) Progress
Create professional development opportunities for staff to learn more about implicit bias and systemic racism. Continuing Education Committee
  • Phase 1:The library will provide Continuing Education Funding for Interested staff members to attend courses including: 1) Cultural Competence for Librarians; 2) Examining Institutional Racism in Libraries ; 3) Allyship, Anti-Oppression Practices, and Building Inclusive Libraries; 4) Recruiting and Retraining Librarians from Underrepresented Minoritized Groups. A minimum of two panel discussions will be organized in Summer 2021, so that attendees can share their experiences with the wider library community.

In progress

Spring, summer and fall 2021.

  • Phase 2:Develop a monthly reading and discussion group for library staff, focusing on EDI articles.

Not yet started/on hold

TBC

  • Phase 3: Hold a Library-wide, in person workshop led by an external facilitator.

Not yet started/on hold

TBC

Implement a monthly internal talk series thathighlights EDI work done by ֱ Library staff and campus colleagues. The goal is toshare information, build knowledge among library staff, and celebrate work that has been done.

Cross-unit Collaborations

Actions Executive owner(s) Progress
Program to support graduate conducting students in the study and performance of music by composers from underrepresented groups. This 3-year pilot initiative is a collaboration between the Schulich School of Music, the Marvin Duchow Music Library, and its Gertrude Whitley Performance Library. The Program seeks to highlight the study of works by composers from underrepresented groups, in alignment with the University’s EDI Strategic Plan and Anti-Black Racism Action Plan. It aims to enrich the educational experience of conducting students and acknowledge their potential to bring positive influence and change to musical performance at ֱ and beyond. The successful candidates of the first round will perform works by underrepresented composers including William Grant Still, William L. Dawson, and Ulysses Kay.

Schulich School of Music

Marvin Duchow Music Library

Gertrude Whitley Performance Library

In progress

2022-2025

TheIndigenous Mentorship and Paid Research Experience for Summer Students (IMPRESS)offersIndigenous undergraduate students from ֱ or other Quebec post-secondary institutionsa unique experiential learning opportunity to conduct research with a ֱ professor, or to work on a project at one of our units — all while being paid. IMPRESS will be working with ֱ Library to offer an eight week summerinternship opportunity that will provide students with the opportunity to explore academic librarianship by partnering with one of the library’s four main units: User Services, Digital Initiatives, Collection Services, and Rare & Special Collections, Osler, Art and Archives (ROAAr).Specific projects will be designed to best suit the interests and skills of candidates, along with the availability of librarian supervisors. Student will have the chance to work on projects in one or more of the following areas:
  • Information Literacy and Research Assistance: instruction, reference services, and creation of user guides
  • Collection Development: resource discovery and collection promotion, including exhibits and displays
  • User Outreach: communication and orientation
  • Knowledge Synthesis: literature, systematic, scoping and other reviews
  • Scholarly Communication: copyright, data management and open access
  • Knowledge Equity and the Free Knowledge Movement: Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource
  • Digital Scholarship: digital publishing, data visualization, concept mapping, digital pedagogy, text analysis
  • Innovation Commons: 3D printing, one button recording studio, virtual reality
  • Digital Libraries: digitization and digital preservation
  • Exploration of traditional knowledge labelling in order to increase visibility and access to collection materials
  • Collection Services: Connecting students and faculty to resources for their teaching, learning and research, including acquiring them, cataloguing them, and borrowing them from other institutions.
User Services, Digital Initiatives, Collection Services, and Rare & Special Collections, Osler, Art and Archives (ROAAr).

summer 2022 IMPRESS program completed

Completed completed | Ongoing ongoing | Not yet started/on hold not yet started or on hold

Last updated October 12, 2022



For questions regarding the Library'sEDI initiatives, ideas for future actions or collaboration opportunities, please feel free to reach out. Any communications including identifying information or situations will be kept confidential, and no identifying information will be shared without your written permission.

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