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DEI LibGuide: Welcome

Welcome! This guide is intended to be a starting point for DEI resources available in the USA Libraries and through the University. While not exhaustive, these materials can be used to find research resources, South specific organizations, and more. You can also contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for more information.

USA Libraries Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, USA Libraries support and follow diversity, equity, and inclusion statements and guidance from the American Library Association, ALA’s Association of College & Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association and MLA Communities, the Society of American Archivists, and the Alabama Library Association. We will continue to:

  • provide equitable access to information to all people, regardless of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability;
  • be committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our collections, programs, and exhibits, through our community and university outreach, and by serving as a cultural crossroads for the campus and community;
  • provide an accessible, inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment where communities can gather, discuss, and grow; 
  • attempt to reflect the diversity of the wider community in our libraries by employing a diverse workforce;
  • use available resources to help educate the community on matters that deal with diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the right for all individuals to have equal protection under the law.

Statements from Library Associations on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The American Library Association: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
Medical Library Association: Core Values
The Association of College and Research Libraries: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Alabama Library Association: ALLA Statement on Racism
Society of American Archivists Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

USA Libraries Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council


A set of beliefs or practices that devalue and discriminate against people with physical, intellectual, or psychiatric disabilities and often rests on the assumption that disabled people need to be ‘fixed’ in one form or the other

The stereotypes (how we think), prejudice (how we feel) and discrimination (how we act) towards others or oneself based on age.

A conscious decision to make frequent, consistent, equitable choices daily

A preference in favor of, or against, a person, group of people, or thing

The unfair or prejudicial treatment of people and groups based on characteristics such as race, gender, age, or sexual orientation

Differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, health, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, religion, physical size, education level, job and function, personality traits, and other human differences

Recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances

A form of bias that occurs automatically and unintentionally, that nevertheless affects judgments, decisions, and behaviors

The practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized

The ways in which systems of inequality based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class and other forms of discrimination “intersect” to create unique dynamics and effects

Commonplace verbal, behavioral or environmental slights, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative attitudes toward stigmatized or culturally marginalized groups

The policies and practices entrenched in established institutions, which result in the exclusion or promotion of designated groups


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