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ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee spotlights practices of equity & social justice with Gemmicka Piper

Mar 04, 2021
Gemmicka Piper

What does it mean to integrate equity and social justice into our practice and assessment in libraries? Efforts to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion have been a priority of most institutions of higher education for many years now. The ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee is charged with helping academic librarians participate in work that is aligned with the mission, vision, and values of their institutions, as well as providing evidence of the value they provide to these institutions. While institutions and academic libraries have made progress in terms of diversity and inclusion work, equity is much more difficult to achieve. Persistent underlying structures of racial injustice, economic disparities, and cultural inequities have disadvantaged library users and workers alike.