Subvert the Dominant Paradigm: Reimagining Library Hiring Processes
For libraries dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion, it is crucial to address firmly-held traditions about “correct” hiring practices. This work of revising traditional practices can be a fraught process, as different stakeholders often hold strong opinions about how best to evaluate candidates and conduct successful searches. To move our two academic libraries toward more inclusive hiring practices, we each led internal processes to entirely revise our hiring manuals. We will discuss the challenges and core issues addressed through this work, and the resulting principles that we believe will result in a more equitable, transparent, and candidate-friendly process.
Isaac GilmanDean, University Libraries, Pacific University
Isaac Gilman is Dean of University Libraries at Pacific University in Oregon.