MIT Libraries join ACRL Diversity Alliance

Program aims to promote diversity within academic libraries

ACRL Diversity Alliance logoThe MIT Libraries has joined the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance program. The program unites academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Each member institution commits to creating one or more residency positions for professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies to thrive in an academic context.

“We greatly appreciate MIT’s commitment to opening doors and promoting diversity within the profession,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis in a letter welcoming the Libraries to the program.

To reaffirm our longstanding commitment to these values, MIT Libraries issued a statement last year outlining several ways in which we would seek to support diversity, inclusion, and well-being within the communities we represent and serve, including by “increas[ing] the percentage of underrepresented minority (URM) staff in the Libraries” and serving as “a leader within the library and archives communities to advocate for broader adoption and implementation of these goals.”