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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

University Libraries is committed to striving for diversity and inclusion in our collections, staff and outreach to the Carolina community. “Diversity is an essential component of any civil society. It is more than an imperative; it is a global necessity.” ACRL Diversity Standards, Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries

A Statement from University of South Carolina Libraries

University of South Carolina Libraries is committed to providing spaces and services that are accessible, safe, inclusive and culturally diverse. As an Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) member institutionwe embrace their assertion that, “If libraries are to continue being indispensable organizations in their campus communities, they must reflect the communities they serve to provide quality services to their increasingly diverse constituencies.” University Libraries understands that our place at the physical and intellectual center of campus obligates us to proactively meet the needs of our diverse faculty, staff, visitors and students.

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Provides support to all subcommittees, including assistance with keeping track of deadlines and action items.

Explore and recommend training options for the library, including those provided by the university and outside resources.

Contact: Valerie Lookingbill at

Explore and recommend opportunities for improving the diversity in our workforce, including:

  • Create strategies to improve recruitment and retention of a more diverse staff by targeting outreach, developing partnerships and increasing advertisements outside of traditional areas.
  • Increase visibility of LIS profession through outreach, targeting in particular those populations typically underrepresented in the profession.

Contact: Timothy Simmons at

Explore and recommend opportunities to build more inclusive and diverse language and content into library communications, programming and exhibits, including creating policies to respect cultural and religious holidays.

Contact: Graham Duncan at

Review and report on how diversity is incorporated into current collection development policies and application and make proposals for improved practices. Advise on collections strategies including:

  • Providing equity within the acquisition and processing of library materials.
  • Seeking and collecting content created by and representative of underrepresented and underserved groups.
  • Regularly assessing the effectiveness of existing collections to ensure reflection of the diversity of our library community.
  • Procuring content in all languages used in the library’s community, when possible.
  • Selecting content in a wide variety of formats to ensure accessibility and to demonstrate the library’s commitment to equity.  

Contact: Brent Appling at

Identify and document our procedures for responding to incidents that involve “othering,” and seek out best practices through university and outside resources.

Contact: Timothy Simmons at

Committee Members

Brent Appling
Evette Bridges
Taryn Cooksey
Graham Duncan
Zella Hilton
Todd Hoppock
Mary Horton
Valerie Lookingbill
Kerrin Murawsky
Shanna Schaffer
Timothy Simmons
Kathy Snediker
Jodi Spillane

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