Creating an Inclusive Collection: Selecting and Evaluating Diverse Resources

Sponsored by Choice and ProQuest
Recorded on 05/21/2019

Posted in Collection Development and Management, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA)


What does an inclusive and diverse collection look like? How can librarians balance core canonical works with a changing college curriculum and the need for new and divergent scholarly voices? Using the Resources for College Libraries (RCL) database as a tool, speakers will present approaches and practical information on how to select, evaluate, and maintain diverse library collections.

Participants will learn:

  • Tips for creating a collection development policy with attention to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Strategies for assessing library holdings
  • Ideas for identifying new titles to fill collection gaps or address disparities


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    Anne Doherty

    RCL Project EditorCHOICE/ACRL

    Anne is the Project Editor for Resources for College Libraries at Choice/ACRL. She is responsible for the editorial development, peer review, and bibliographic management of the RCL database and has worked with over 100 subject editors and 500 peer reviewers since 2008. Anne received an MLS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MA in Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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    Ellen Bosman

    Head of Technical ServicesNew Mexico State University

    Ellen Bosman is a Professor and Head of Technical Services at New Mexico State University, and a long-time member of ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table. She is the former chair of the Stonewall Book Awards Committee, a former Lambda Literary Awards judge, and author of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Literature: A Genre Guide (2008). She has served as subject editor for RCL’s GLBT Studies section since 2005.

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    Timothy V. Johnson

    EditorAmerican Communist History

    Timothy V. Johnson is the former Director of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives at New York University. He served as the subject specialist for Africana Studies at NYU from 2005-2018. He is currently the editor of the journal American Communist History. He has served as subject editor for RCL’s African American Studies section since 2011.