Dr. Martin Halbert (University Libraries) received new funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the “Library Diversity Institutes Pilot Project.” The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG, project lead), in collaboration with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance propose a two-year project to pilot a national Library Diversity Institute program that will address the needs of professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and broadly advance diversity in U.S. academic libraries. The Library Diversity Institutes (LDI) pilot project will conduct two institutes for incoming ACRL diversity residents, as well as an ACRL diversity pre-conference for all interested parties. With guidance from a national committee of residency coordinators and experts on diversity issues, the project will design a program and curriculum to orient diversity residents to maximize their experiences as residents in the diverse organizations that make up the ACRL Diversity Alliance, as well as enabling a national network of colleagues comprising the relevant cohort of librarian residents for the institute year in which they participate. This pilot program will study and document the needs of new diversity residents who attend the institute, identify key elements that will accelerate success for these new librarians, and analyze options for long-term continuance and sustainability of this institute and workshop program. This project will take the form of a two-year continuing education project grant in the IMLS category of community anchors.
Halbert is dean of University Libraries.