DEI 2.0: What’s Next with Content and Collaboration

Sponsored by ProQuest, Part of Clarivate
Recorded on 02/21/2023

Posted in Collection Development and Management

How can librarians build collections and services that center diversity, equity, and inclusion?


Through collections and services, libraries have a unique platform to support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, ensuring representation of diverse voices. The Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies are building a comprehensive action plan tied to an organizational strategy that centers DEI efforts, embedding the work into all aspects of the organization’s mission. Core to this strategy is assessing and building collections that are reflective of a full range of social identities and interests that address a holistic approach to research, teaching, learning, and engagement for all campus stakeholders. 

During this webinar, attendees will learn about some of the unique challenges and opportunities that arise from building DEI collections on a sci-tech campus, how addressing representation in collections can be part of broader efforts to effect systemic change, and also about trends in new buying models and collections that support DEI initiatives.


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    Mark A. Puente

    Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Diversity, and InclusionPurdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies

    Mark A. Puente is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies. He began this role in August of 2020 after having served for over eleven years as the Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). At Purdue, Puente is leading the formation and implementation of an organization development strategy designed through an equity lens. He has a broad range and depth of experience designing and managing programs focused on diversity recruitment and retention within libraries and archives, assessing and improving organizational climate, leadership development, racial equity, and numerous other topics.

    He has served on the faculty or on advisory groups to numerous leadership development programs such as the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries’ Leadership Fellows Program, the Leading Change Institute, ARL’s Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP), and the ARL Leadership Fellows Program. A frequent clinician, speaker, facilitator, and writer, Puente has worked extensively with all types of library organizations and institutions across the United States and Canada and has presented internationally. He transitioned into a career in librarianship after teaching private voice lessons on a secondary level for thirteen years in his home town of San Antonio, TX. Music remains his avocation and passion.

    Puente is a graduate of the Knowledge River Program at the University of Arizona’s iSchool and a former American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar. He has worked at a number of academic libraries including the University of Arizona, the University of North Texas, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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