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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. She is currently chairing the National Diversity in Libraries Conference. She is a past President (2012-2013) of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and was co-chair of its 35th Anniversary Symposium (2015).
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Eugenia Beh

Electronic Resources Librarian, MIT
Eugenia Beh is the Electronic Resources Librarian at the MIT Libraries. She currently serves as a Member-At-Large on the NASIG Executive Board and is the ALCTS representative to the ALA Legislation Assembly.
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Regina Gong

Open Educational Resources (OER) Project Manager, Lansing Community College
I'm a librarian and I wear many hats here at LCC. I'm the OER Project Manager as well as Head of Technical Services and Systems. While I always enjoy my work as librarian, open education broadened my horizons. It really dovetails quite nicely with the core values of librarianship to provide everyone with free and equal access to information. I would love to talk to you about your OER projects and how it has impacted students, faculty... Read More →
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Paolo Gujilde

Coordinator of Collection Development, Georgia Southern University

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