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Building Better Practices: Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our Daily Work

Authors
  • Kim Hoffman (Miami University)
  • Rachel Makarowski (Miami University)

Abstract

Our profession seeks to overcome a history of centering cis white men and their experiences. Though we steward many diverse stories, we struggle to move beyond the celebrations of legacy collections that fail to demonstrate the true breadth and variety of perspectives found in our archives. Through changes large and small, the presenters have attempted to begin addressing these historical issues in their own institution. This session will review strategies to center DEI in our everyday practice, outreach, conservation, and more, and discuss their successes and failures. Though some ideas may represent small adjustments, they can accrue to create impactful changes. We hope this session will empower archivists and librarians to become active agents of change in their home institutions regardless of size or staffing. Attendees will leave with actionable ideas and, we hope, fresh energy and momentum to bring to DEI practices at their home institutions.

Keywords: diversity, equity, inclusion, dei, special collections, change

How to Cite:

Hoffman, K. & Makarowski, R., (2022) “Building Better Practices: Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our Daily Work”, MAC Annual Meeting Presentations 2022(1).

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Published on
06 May 2022