In response to the broader diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) movement in academic and public libraries, librarians from UTRGV Acquisitions and Collection Development, Scholarly Communications, and Special Collections and Archives have combined and leveraged their expertise to create content that is reflective of our patrons and community by searching and compiling resources from existing materials and collections as well as by considering traditionally uncatalogued material from our digital and special collections.
We have challenged ourselves to move beyond more traditional and perhaps retrospective methods (i.e., surveying collections, updating records, acquiring new materials, etc.) to address DEI by breathing new life into existing collections. In this way, we have established new partnerships with external departments, innovated forums for feedback, and produced new materials for teaching and learning. Our efforts have not only created these new lines of communication and inspired more opportunities for collaboration, but our efforts have also grown our library engagement and impact in meaningful and measurable ways. We are also looking for future opportunities to leverage these channels for future collection development and programming activities, including acquisitions, community outreach, and content creation.
Estrada, Raquel, William Flores, and Shannon Pensa. “Inclusivity Starts From Within: A Case For Advancing DEI Through Broader Collaboration.” Charleston, SC: Charleston Hub, 2022.