by Damon Jaggars | Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries | on May 6, 2016
The Ohio State University (OSU) Libraries sponsors the National Diversity in Libraries Conference and the National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning, which is hosted by OSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. We are strengthening our efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce by implementing a number of more inclusive HR practices, including implicit bias training for search committee participants; by supporting ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce and Leadership & Career Development Program; and through the Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program, which includes support for related professional development, such as the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee is comprised of dedicated faculty and staff who develop engaging programming to advance a culture of diversity and inclusion in the OSU Libraries, including hosting speakers and creating exhibits that highlight a variety of backgrounds and experiences. And our broader exhibition and programming efforts are increasingly and purposefully including a diversity of perspectives on the topics presented. In 2014 University Libraries introduced Tuesdays @ Thompson, a speaker series designed to honor diversity and inclusion at The Ohio State University by restoring the tradition of scholarly conversation over afternoon tea. We have asked phenomenal individuals to talk, read, discuss, and share artifacts from their personal experience or the OSU Libraries’ collections related to a monthly theme. This relatively new series has seen great participation and interest from students, faculty, and staff across campus.