ASERL Diversity & Inclusion Programming Revised January 11, 2018
E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, one.
When libraries tap into the wisdom of a workforce that reflects the populations we serve, we are better able to understand and meet the needs of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and researchers we serve. ASERL members believe we must make our workplaces, collections, and services more inclusive. ASERL libraries commit to make every employee feel welcomed and motivated to work optimally in service to our communities. We affirm that we achieve more together because of our differences, not despite them. When libraries apply this pool of knowledge — when employees are trained in team building, decision-making, problem solving, and conflict resolution — we provide better, more interesting, innovative services to each other and to our patrons.
ASERL’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
ASERL members will strive to:
Charge – ASERL Diversity & Inclusion Committee
In early 2018, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries will create a new standing committee focused on our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. The ASERL Diversity and Inclusion Committee (AD&IC) will create strategies to develop diversity and inclusion in collections, programs, recruitment and retention, training, and spaces to build holistic environments that nurture and reflect the diversity of our staff and the communities we serve.
The AD&IC will periodically assess member needs, the availability of relevant programs from reputable sources, and offer activity recommendations to the ASERL Board and membership. Based on member feedback, the AD&IC will implement measurable activities to benefit the membership, assess the effectiveness of the activities, and offer suggestions for future improvements. ASERL will secure sufficient resources to support these endeavors.