The Libraries Organizational Development Committee is responsible for infusing the University of Arkansas’ diversity mission into the infrastructure of the Libraries' staff, collections, services, physical space, and social and professional climate. The committee provides diversity-related training to library faculty and staff, coordinates diversity-related programs with the Division of Student Affairs, contributes to the implementation of the Libraries’ Strategic Goals, and advances the university’s Diversity Plan.
Our role is to provide the highest quality educational experience possible for our students, our staff, and our faculty. We aim to improve that process through the provision of quality programming, the retention and development of competent and qualified staff, the development of our collections, and the equitable provision of access to these services. Our work is designed to produce a safe and secure environment which will enhance the social, mental, and physical well-being of the entire university community. Through our efforts, the Organizational Development Committee performs an essential role in the intellectual and professional development of the university’s students, and their preparation for democratic participation in an increasingly global society.
- Be truthful: Be candid.
- Keep the private information of others confidential: There may be instances where personal information may need to be shared in the work setting.
- Challenge ideas, not people: Interrupt bad actions but keep kindness in mind for your fellow workers.
- Consider alternative thoughts, ideas, opinions, and behaviors based on lived experiences: We acknowledge that people come from different backgrounds and have multiple identities and cultural frameworks.
- Take responsibility for your own learning: If you don't understand something, be accountable.
- Foster an environment of equal access to resources and knowledge: Ensure equitable access to library resources via prompt and deliberate communication. Be mindful that we all have varying interaction styles and workloads. Be thoughtful and respectful.
- Give people enough lead time to understand complex content: Make requests in a considerate manner so that others can fully understand the task and respond appropriately. Don’t assume that anyone has time to drop everything and help you immediately.
Planning, Reports and Activities
- Library Strategic Goals
- Library Diversity Goals
- Libraries Organizational Development Committee
- Older Documents