Library Diversity Committee
The Library Diversity Committee (LDC) provides leadership in the area of equity and inclusion by devising overarching strategies, making recommendations, and raising the visibility of the Library's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Develop and assess short- and long-term strategies for structure, policies, processes, learning opportunities and engagement in alignment with the University-wide Diversity Plan and other matters concerning diversity, equity and inclusion.
Develop activities and propose trainings that promote cultural humility, awareness, and responsiveness among library employees.
Advise library leadership regarding issues related to equity and inclusion.
Collaborate with a variety of individuals and organizations, both within and outside UO Libraries, to further diversity-related goals.
Review and approve collections requests submitted to the Library Diversity Fund that support and foster diverse content and authorship.
- 1 chair and 1 vice-chair: The chair will serve a 1-year term. The vice-chair will serve 1 year as vice-chair, followed by 1 year as chair.
- 1 permanent role held by a member of Libraries Human Resources.
- 4-6 additional members at large, approximately half of whom will rotate off each academic year.
Current Library Diversity Committee Members
- Daniele Mericle, Curator of Visual Materials, Special Collections & University Archives (Chair 2022-23)
Jennifer Alexander, Access Services Specialist
Michael Brown, Manager, Portland Library and Learning Commons
Bing Li, Chinese Cataloger
Melissa Gold, Human Resources Coordinator
Kevin McDowell, Japanese Studies Librarian, Subject Specialist for History, Interim Subject Specialist for Political Science
Miriam Rigby, Social Sciences Librarian
- LDC meets monthly.
Resource People or Groups
This refers to people or teams that are available to the group as resources for consultation, but who are not expected to attend every meeting or participate in all tasks. In this case, known resources are: Library Leadership Team, campus-level contacts or committees, and other stakeholders as identified by the team.
The Library Diversity Committee began as the Library Diversity Task Force, established in October 1996 by George Shipman, then University Librarian, to develop a library-wide diversity program. The initial goal of the task force, associated with Association of Research Library's diversity efforts, was to keep diversity in the forefront of library-wide activities. To this end, it sponsored several diversity-related public events and commenced the development of a multicultural resource guide. In March 1998, Shipman created a formal Library Diversity Advisory Group, and the group's name became the Library Diversity Committee in November 2000. The committee's efforts achieved special recognition in 2000 when past and present members were honored with UO's Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.