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Is your institution preparing for a DEI audit of your library collections? Looking for insights into how to begin approaching such a large project? Join us for a two-part webinar series that covers the before and after of a successful DEI collection audit, featuring two college librarians who have just completed one.

Join librarians María Evelia Emerson and Lauryn Lehman as they discuss the use of audits as a tool for assessing diversity and inclusion within library collections. Having recently completed an audit at Augustana College in Illinois, María and Lauryn will present on their planning, processes, and assessment of their audit experience. Register for this free event and bring your questions!

In this first session of the two-part series, we will strive to provide an overview of diversity audit processes, including:

  • How and why libraries choose to undertake collection diversity audits;
  • How libraries can adapt diversity audits to fit their unique collections;
  • How to avoid potential challenges and pitfalls while conducting an audit;
  • and much more!

Register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2334047004144058893

Can’t attend? Register now, and you’ll be emailed a recording of the webinar, after the live session ends, to view at your convenience!

About the Presenters:

María Evelia Emerson (she/her) is the Student Success Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her BA in Spanish and International Studies at Hope College, and her MLIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research grows out of her work at small colleges and now a Big 10 school on how academic libraries can support a sense of belonging in students. In her free time, María enjoys zines, paper quilling, and playing Animal Crossing and Pokémon. Connect with María on Twitter @MariaEmerson20.

Lauryn Lehman is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She holds a MS in Library and Information Science and a MA in African Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lauryn is passionate in her belief that academic libraries need to shake things up every once in a while, and is willing to try anything once to teach information literacy, engage with students, and build exciting collections. Connect with Lauryn on Twitter @lalalehman.

María and Lauryn have documented their diversity audit at Augustana College in the article “Who Are We Missing? Conducting a Diversity Audit in a Liberal Arts College Library,” available in the May 2022 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship. They have also released a toolkit aimed at helping librarians navigate the diversity audit process.

  • title: Who Are We Missing? Part 1—The Diversity Audit: Planning & Processes
  • date: April 26 @ 3:00 pm - April 26 @ 4:00 pm