Ohio State University Libraries strives to provide welcoming, supportive environments for all to pursue and share knowledge. University Libraries is guided by the following strategic priorities which facilitate, celebrate and honor diversity, inclusion, access and social justice.
- Open content to expanded access to the essential information and resources of University Libraries.
- Increased outreach to underserved communities through partnership, collaboration and support.
- Enhanced programming to promote engagement, cross-culture information exchange, and diversity within the university and the librarian profession.
Advancing Social Justice through University Libraries Collections
University Libraries is committed to advancing social justice within our practices in ways that are respectful and reflective of our diverse communities. We seek to align our values and our commitment to social justice with our practices, the materials our users find in and through the libraries and how they access them.
We have identified three initial action steps:
- Defining our terms: How does "social justice" relate to collections work?
- Survey the landscape: What are others doing?
- Inventory our work: What are we already doing?
Check out our Carmen Collection, a collection of stories seldomly told of people and events that have shaped the university over the past 150 years.
A Statement from University Libraries Supporting Black Lives Matter
IDEAS - Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Social Justice Committee
The IDEAS Committee (formerly the Diversity and Inclusion Committee) – recognized by the university with a 2017 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award – advises on policies, provides recommendations and maintains programs designed to advance a culture of diversity, inclusion, access and social justice. Since 1989, the IDEAS Committee has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing diversity at Ohio State University.
Outreach and Engagement
To expand the Libraries’ outreach and engagement initiatives among underserved university and local community populations, in 2017 University Libraries developed the Outreach and Engagement program. Through Outreach and Engagement we facilitate and expand partnerships and collaborations which connect patrons with the Libraries, its content, resources and people.
University Libraries currently partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio with faculty and staff serving as mentors for local elementary school students. Faculty and staff also donate book bags, school supplies and holiday gifts for the students on an annual basis.
Other community partnerships include our high school summer internship program with the Expanding Visions Foundation, volunteer opportunities with the Mid-Ohio Food Collective and a professional development workshop series with Columbus City Schools librarians and staff. Contact Quanetta Batts for more information about Outreach and Engagement at University Libraries.
Diversity Residency Program
Since 1989, the University Libraries Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program has helped increase the diversity of librarians, support recent graduates’ professional development, and help librarians transition to academic research librarianship. Each diversity resident receives hands-on experience in most areas of the University Libraries' operations, public and technical services, as well as administration.
University Libraries regularly hosts programs and special events (both virtual and in-person) to highlight our diverse collections and provide opportunities for conversations about EDI topics that are important to our community. Check out the Libraries’ event page for a list of upcoming programs. Previously recorded programs are also available on our website.
The IDEAL ’19 Conference was held August 6-7, 2019, on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.
IDEAL ‘19 provided an opportunity for professionals at every level and across academic and public library, archives, and museum sectors to discuss how increasing workplace diversity and creating an inclusive workplace environment improves organizational effectiveness, creativity, adaptability, and relevance to the communities served by the organization.
University Libraries is a proud member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance. The program unites academic libraries committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Please visit the ACRL website for more information.