In recent years, many academic libraries have renewed their commitments to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives in public statements. In this qualitative study, the author interviewed academic librarians to understand how these commitments have been actualized in libraries, and what barriers and challenges have been faced by individuals coordinating this work. All libraries had established committees to implement EDI initiatives, but committees with dedicated positions, budgets, and consistent support from administrators were able to attempt more large-scale, systematic work. The study includes recommendations for library administrators for providing effective structures and support for EDI efforts.
Journal of Library Administration
Taylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Megan Bresnahan (2022) (Pre-print) Library Diversity and Inclusion Statements in Action, Journal of Library Administration, DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2022.2057125