Perspective Change and Relentless Incrementalism in DEI
Three years ago I was encouraged to lead a newly formed DEI Task Force in our merged Library & IT division (small LA college). We were charged with implementing a three-part strategy: building a diverse team, arranging professional development opportunities for our staff, and providing diverse and inclusive services and resources (including library collections). We discarded the mindset of forced trainings and assumed (rightly) that the staff truly desired to enhance excellence through diversity and inclusion; then we continually set and achieved small goals. We not only have accomplished much, but have come to be seen as a campus trailblazer.
Beth BohstedtDirector, Learning & Research Services, Hamilton College
Beth Bohstedt (she/her) is the Director, Learning & Research Services, for Hamilton College’s Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). She is responsible for Research & Instructional Design, Collections, Circulation, ILL, Diversity & Inclusion efforts, and LITS facilities oversight, as well as a member of the LITS Strategic Leadership Team. She previously worked at the Grinnell College Libraries in Grinnell, Iowa. She has served on ACRL, EAST, and regional committees, and has presented at ACRL, the Charleston Conference, EDUCAUSE, and numerous regional conferences on topics such as collection strategies, space planning, diversity, and incident response. Beth received a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and a M.S. in LIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.