Educating and empowering a diverse student body: Supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion research through library collections

Abstract

A research team from the Texas Tech University (TTU) Libraries explored methods for assessing collections related to the study and research of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics and their discoverability by users. DEI studies have increased in prominence on academic campuses along with calls to question privilege and power structures, making DEI collections assessment critical. This was a two-part project that surveyed user needs, collections usage, cataloging and discoverability, user behavior in searching for and evaluating DEI resources. We were not able to identify an effective method for assessing DEI in large-scale collections, however, key findings indicate potential for partnering with various colleges and departments and a need for increased attention on cataloging and metadata, particularly, the Table of Contents and Abstract/Summary fields. The research team identified that many users expressed uncertainty in searching and evaluating DEI resources and expressed interest in search enhancements for better filtering and more prominent website presence for DEI research help.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Keywords

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Assessment, Academic Libraries, Collection Development, User Experience

Citation

Jayne Sappington, Esther Medina De León, Sara Schumacher, Kimberly Vardeman, and Donell Callender. Educating and empowering a diverse student body: Supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion research through library collections. Poster presented at: ARL’s Research Library Impact Framework. June 8, 2022.

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