Do you ever notice the purple signs that say, “Libraries are for Everyone” posted around the Library? Or see the OHSU “Respect for All” poster as you walk in and wonder why it’s there? Or maybe you have been pleasantly surprised to spot a book related to a marginalized group of people on the new book shelf? These were all deliberate choices made by Library staff.
OHSU Library’s efforts to cultivate equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are featured in “Micro Actions Support Culture of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in an Academic Library” in the latest issue of OLA Quarterly from the Oregon Library Association. Student workers Lily Hawley and Jennifer Wells found that the personal values of staff members drive countless small actions throughout the Library every day, which when combined help support a culture of EDI. They also acknowledge that there’s still room for improvement, which is a regular topic of discussion among Library staff.
While Lily and Jennifer don’t formally speak for the Library in their roles as student workers, we support their work and hope you’ll enjoy reading their article. The full, open access text is available online.