Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Earth Sciences Map Library & Earth & Planetary Science Department!

Stemming from an impressive call to action by a group of Earth & Planetary Science Graduate Students, we’ve found a way to provide resources to further educate faculty, staff, and students on the topic of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This EPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Libguide was created in partnership by the Earth & Planetary Science department graduate students and the Earth Sciences and Map Library. Along with the libguide living on the library website, it’s been placed under a new DEI tab on the Earth & Planetary Science Department website.

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What’s in the Libguide?
It includes a Zotero Library, tools on how to add content to diversify Wikipedia, strategies to search for and follow diverse voices via social media, conferences, and more. The Libguide also links to the Engineering Library’s DEI Book Collection Libguide!

How did this get started?
While staff member Bonita Dyess and Open Science Librarian Samantha Teplitzky were reading the grad student’s call to action, they noticed a potential section the Earth Sciences/Map library could be of assistance. They contacted the graduate students and met via Zoom due to the pandemic. The conversation resulted in the creation of the LibGuide!

How can this benefit my library?
Diversity, equity, and inclusion is important to create community and belonging. DEI efforts are strongly supported by the library and campus as a whole. This libguide can serve as a tool for various departments creating and promoting DEI efforts. EPS and geography are the subjects highlighted in this particular libguide, but the strategies are universal especially within the STEM fields. It’s also important to note that collaborative efforts between staff and librarians can be beneficial!