Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

In alignment with Cornell University’s diversity and inclusion vision and goals, one of the Library’s strategic priorities is to nurture diversity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging among all Cornellians:

The Library will benefit from an expanding range of diversity and inclusion programs to develop a sense of belonging among all staff, faculty and students.

The following initiatives have set out to identify and remedy biases in library practices to advance the priority of diversity and inclusion:

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Council

The Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) Council is charged with providing leadership in this area "for Cornell University Library staff through program creation, dissemination of information and evaluation of existing library programs and structures. DIB Council will make Cornell University Library a more inclusive place for all people through staff development, communication with administration and resource creation. DIB Council collaboration with other CUL stakeholders will ensure that diversity is included at all decision-making levels."

Inclusive Descriptive Practice

The Inclusive Descriptive Practice Task Force is tasked with examining metadata practices to identify methods of reducing the subjective nature of cataloging practice. Meanwhile, the task force is examining how our description can better reflect the diverse communities across the world from whom we collect materials as well as the needs of CUL’s diverse users in Ithaca and internationally.

CUL Collection Development – Anti-Racism and Just & Equitable Futures

At a moment in Cornell's history when the University has committed to fostering "a culture that values transparency, accountability, and communication around issues of diversity and inclusion," CUL is at work on a vision for the Library collection that will guide our efforts to address blind spots and imbalances in this regard. The current effort focuses on anti-racism as part of a broader vision of just and equitable futures. Recommendations and plans for action are forthcoming.