Every librarys raison d’être is to serve people, all people and libraries pride themselves for being the heart of their communities. Although we take great pride in serving all the diverse members of our communities, research indicates that there is a striking lack of diversity within the library community. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines diversity as: the condition of having or being composed of differing elements: variety; especially: the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.
This session will focus on the results of a systematic review conducted to identify the programs and/or initiatives that have been implemented in academic libraries to recruit, support and retain librarians from diverse backgrounds. Comprehensive searches were conducted in Library & Information Science Abstracts (LISA), Library & Information Science Source, Gender Studies Database, Race Relations Abstracts, and Google for grey literature. The searches retrieved 1766 articles across all databases and 19 articles met the inclusion criteria for full-text screening. Our attendees will learn the importance and benefits of having a diverse library staff as well as strategies they can implement to increase diversity among their staff. Our goals are to foster an awareness of the lack of diversity within librarianship, and to hold space for people who are willing to discuss ways to solve this ongoing issue.