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SPEC Survey Webcast on Diversity and Inclusion—Register by October 4

spec-kit-356-coverThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a series of free webcasts that present the findings from the latest SPEC surveys and allow webcast participants to discuss trends with the survey authors. A 45-minute webcast will follow the publication of each SPEC Kit in 2017.

The next webcast in this series will cover the Diversity and Inclusion survey (SPEC Kit 356), which explores how ARL member library diversity plans have changed since 2010. The survey gathered information about the following topics: current recruitment and retention strategies that aim to increase the number of minority librarians in research libraries, staff development programs that foster an inclusive workplace and climate, how diversity programs have changed, and how libraries assess these efforts.

The webcast will review survey findings reported by ARL member libraries in May 2017. The survey authors will:

  • provide a snapshot of diversity and inclusion activities undertaken by ARL member libraries;
  • show a sample of exemplary programs, plans, and resources; and
  • review recommendations and advice from respondents for the recruitment and retention of diverse employees.

The webcast will also include a discussion of promising trends and conclude with a question-and-answer session. Read the freely available SPEC Kit 356 in advance and have your questions ready.

Webcast Details and Registration

Title: Diversity and Inclusion 

Presenters: Toni Anaya, Instruction Coordinator, and Charlene Maxey-Harris, Research and Instructional Services Chair, at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time: 1:00–1:45 p.m. eastern daylight time

Cost: Free for all

Registration: Register online by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

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