ASU Library Statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility
The ASU Library affirms Arizona State University’s commitment to Inclusion, demonstrated by our aspiration to “reflect the intellectual, ethnic and cultural diversity of our nation and world so that our students learn from the broadest perspectives, and we engage in the advancement of knowledge with the most inclusive understanding possible of the issues we are addressing through our scholarly activities.”
The ASU Library employs the core values of librarianship to realize our University’s Charter and Goals, by fostering inclusive and welcoming spaces, programs and events; building inclusive collections; hiring and retaining a diverse workforce; emphasizing resources that demonstrate human diversity, especially those related to the cultures and histories of Arizona and the Southwest; and advocating for, supporting, and engaging in equitable advancement and dissemination of knowledge that promotes ASU’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility.
ASU Library is a space of potentiality, out of which many futures can be built and from which none are excluded.
ACRL Diversity Alliance
As a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, the ASU Library joins other academic libraries committed to broadening the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups through the creation of a residency program. Residency positions will expand the opportunities available to individuals from underrepresented groups to gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies to thrive in a rigorous professional academic context.
ASU Library’s first residency position, held by librarian Allinston Saulsberry as of August 2018, is focused on Distinctive Collections outreach and engagement.
Community-driven archival collections
In 2017, ASU Library was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for "Engaging, Educating, and Empowering: Developing Community-Driven Archival Collections", a three-year project designed to build and expand community-driven collections in an effort to preserve and improve Arizona’s archives.
Under the leadership of Nancy Godoy, Lorrie McAllister, and Alana Varner, the project will utilize Archives and Preservation Workshops and Scanning and Oral History Days in order to give voice to historically marginalized communities (Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) community). A portion of the Bj Bud Memorial Archives, the largest LGBT collection in Arizona, has already been digitized and made available to the public. In addition, ASU Library will digitize and make publicly accessible existing community-based collections from the Chicano/a Research Collection and Greater Arizona Collection.