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2014-2015 Diversity Committee Work Plan

Good morning all,

Here is what I have based on my notes for our 2014-2015 work plan.  Just like the minutes I just posted, the deadline for submitting the document is July 25.  I will review all edits by July 23.  I am simply ensuring that everyone has time to review and to edit the document.  In reference to timelines of the different assignments, I left many areas blank as of now, for you to volunteer in your specific areas of interest.  I will contact you for the first virtual diversity committee meeting after we post the work plan.  Please start brainstorming about the details of the assignments.  The general idea is to complete them during this assignment year.

2014-2015 Diversity Committee Work Plan



Visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/committees  to find your charge.


Committee Name: Diversity Committee (July 1, 2012 formerly Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee)




To initiate, advise and mobilize support for appropriate action related to issues of diversity in academic librarianship including recruitment, advancement and retention of underrepresented groups to academic and research librarianship and the promotion of library and information services for diverse library users.



Committee leadership

Visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/committees to find your committee roster. Click the Next Year link to next year’s roster information.


Current Chair: Martha Alvarado Parker (Chair, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)


Incoming Chair: Scott B. Mandernack (Vice-Chair, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)


Incoming Vice-chair: TBA


Incoming Board Liaison: Kim Leeder (Board Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015


Staff Liaison: Ann-Christe Galloway(Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)



Submission information


Year-end report written by: Martha A. Parker


Next year work plan submitted by: Scott B. Mandernack


2014-2015 Committee Work Plan

Note: Each activity/project should be reported using the grid below. Copy and paste the grid as many times as needed to detail each activity/project. Plans should be Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely or SMART). Deadlines and an overview of the work plan process are posted athttp://connect.ala.org/node/175502.


Activity/Project Name and brief description:

  1. Revising the Diversity Standards for Academic Libraries- content is great the language has to be updated to reflect inclusion of all groups.
  2. Finishing touches of the Diversity Toolkit- The toolkit was made public June 25, 2014.  Other institutions are already providing feedback, we should consider that feedback while implementing changes.
  3. Publishing the Toolkit thorough the ACRL- Publishing the Diversity Toolkit through the ACRL was an idea presented by Mary A. Sheble, ALA liaison, during the meeting.  We will take all steps necessary to make the toolkit publishable.
  4. Making statement about the IL Framework- The committee will make a statement to the IL Framework committee in reference to adding language that acknowledges the role that culture plays in how students engage in the information literacy classroom, and supports librarians implementing culturally responsive teaching methods.
  5. Presenting the diversity standards update and resources at the 2015 ACRL Conference
  6. Presenting the diversity standards update and resources at the 2015 REFORMA National Conference (RNC V)


Select the single best connection to the ACRL Plan for Excellence and provide a brief sentence connecting your project to the Plan.


 Value of Academic Libraries

Objective: 1 2 3 4

Description of connection to specific objective:


 Student Learning

Objectives: 1 2 3 4

Description of connection to specific objective:


 Research and Scholarly Environment

Objectives: 1 2 3 4

Description of connection to specific objective:


x Supports the programs and services that target education, advocacy, publications, or member engagement.

These standards provide a framework to support libraries in engaging the complexities of providing services to diverse populations, and recruiting and maintaining a diverse library workforce. The standards may also serve as a starting point from which libraries can develop local approaches and goals in the context of their organizations’ mission and situation.


 continuous project assigned in charge

 short-term project that will be completed this membership year

 multi-year project continuing past this membership year (expected completion date: __________) Note: Multi-year  strategic goal area projects are tracked in a multi-year planning grid. Expect your staff liaison to follow-up with questions to add this project to ACRL’s multi-year planning grid which is reviewed by the Board at its fall Strategic Planning Session and referenced for budget preparation.

Outline the steps and intermediate deadlines planned to complete the project. (add rows as needed)

   Specific Action

Due Date

Party Responsible

Resources Needed (e.g., financial*, technology, staff support)

Revising the Diversity Standards


February 28, 2015

 Hopefully, the entire committee



Finishing the Diversity Toolkit

August 31, 2014

Latrice, Tarida, Megan, Althea, and Martha


Publishing the Toolkit


Ongoing/Pending ALA

Martha Parker, Kenny


IL Framework Statement


July 15, 2014

 Althea, Martha


Presenting Standards at ACRL Conference


March 28, 2015

Althea, Latrice, Tarida, Megan, Martha, Kenny


Presenting Standards at REFORMA Conference

April 4, 2015

Martha Parker, Kenny Garcia




Assessment: How will success be measured? (e.g., what indicators will be used, what tools will be used to collect data, and what targets will indicate success)?

The success of our revisions to the Standards will be measured by feedback that we solicit and receive from the wider ACRL community.


The success of the Toolkit will be measured by our progress toward the goal of its publication by ACRL and by the feedback that is already being received on its usefulness to libraries attempting to implement the standards (this assessment will be ongoing and iterative.


The success of the feedback on the IL Framework has already been measured by the consensus reached by the whole committee on the importance of the statement and its submission to the IL Framework Committee.  We will monitor progress on the Draft Framework to see if our suggestions are applied, and will offer support to the IL Framework Committee should they seek it out.


The success of our presentation of the standards at various conferences will be measured first by our acceptance to those conferences and second by assessment feedback forms that we will administer and collect after our presentations.

Need a paragraph and a volunteer to write the paragraph [Althea took a first crack at it, please revise!]

*If resources are required beyond the $150 division-level committee basic services funding, please work with your Board Liaison and Staff Liaison to prepare a Board Action Form requesting additional funds.


Martha Parker's picture

Thanks, Althea.  Let's see what the rest of the group thinks.  I like what you wrote.