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Friday, November 6 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
Are We Doing Enough?: Four Stories of Diversity in Library Collections

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Do your collections reflect the diversity of your constituents? Are you equipped to meet the diverse needs of future users? In light of budgetary and spatial challenges, diversity in collections may not be a priority for most libraries. Yet, changing demographics practically ensures that there will be an increase in the demand for diverse materials. See how librarians from 4 different types of academic institutions from 4 different regions have been dealing with (or not) with this issue.

Alburo will talk about how area studies collections brings a global perspective to a Tier 1 university in the West Coast while Beh will present the challenges of building a diverse collection at a Tier 1 STEM institution in the East Coast. Gong will discuss how a Midwestern community college with a non-diverse library collection is scrambling to acquire recent materials as it is faced by new needs from underrepresented groups, and Gujilde will talk about how he is looking for opportunities to change the lack of diversity in the collection at his comprehensive state university in the South.

Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the collection development issues related to diversity. We will leave enough time for the audience to share their own experiences, challenges, and successes so that we can all come away with an even wider range of possible ideas to implement in our own institutions.

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Jade Alburo

Librarian for Southeast Asian and Pacific Islands Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Jade Alburo is the Librarian for Southeast Asian and Pacific Islands Studies at UCLA. In 2017-2019, she was Interim Reference and Outreach Coordinator for the Charles E. Young Research Library. She was the coordinator of the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference, President... Read More →
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Eugenia Beh

Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian, MIT Libraries
Eugenia Beh is the Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian at the MIT Libraries. 
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Regina Gong

Open Educational Resources (OER) Project Manager & Manager of Technical Services and Systems, Lansing Community College
I'm a librarian and the OER Project Manager at Lansing Community College. I would love to talk to you about your OER projects and how it has impacted student learning and faculty's teaching in your campuses. I'm also one of the Open Education Group Research Fellow for 2017-2018 and... Read More →
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Paolo P. Gujilde

Assistant Head of Acquisitions, Northwestern University

Friday November 6, 2015 11:35am - 12:15pm EST
Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott