Diversity & Inclusion Resource Guide

Diversity & Inclusion in Law Libraries – Resources (Rev. May 6, 2022)

This guide presents information for law libraries who are developing or researching policy, programs, or initiatives relating to diversity and inclusion. Although many key resources are included below, the guide is not an exhaustive list. The AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee welcomes your help in form of additions or updates—please contact us if you have suggestions or feedback.

  1. General Resources
    1. Library Associations
      1. American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
        1. Diversity and Inclusion Committee
        2. AALL diversity and inclusion resources and events
        3. AALL on-demand webinars
          1. Recognizing and Resolving Discrimination in the Workplace
      2. American Library Association (ALA)
        1. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
        2. Recruiting for Diversity
      3. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
        1. Diversity Standards Toolkit
        2. Diversity Alliance
      4. Special Libraries Association (SLA), Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity Caucus
    2. Select Bar Associations
      1. American Bar Association (ABA)
        1. ABA Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission Toolkit
        2. ABA Diversity Resources For Sections, Divisions, Forums
        3. ABA Diversity and Inclusion Portal
      2. NYC Bar
        1. Managing Partner & Attorney Toolkits: Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Work Environment
        2. D & I Benchmarking Report 2016
  2. Academic Libraries (University and Law School)
    1. Cornell Law Library, Diversity Fellowships
    2. University of Arkansas Libraries, Diversity and the University Libraries
    3. Penn State University Libraries, Diversity
    4. University of California, Berkeley, Diversity Planning Toolkits and Resources
    5. University of Georgia, Diversity at the UGA Libraries
    6. University of Illinois Library, Diversity and Multicultural Information
    7. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
    8. Vanderbilt University, Diversity Toolkit
  3. Law Firm and Corporate Libraries
    1. Diversity Central, Leaders’ Toolkit on Diversity
    2. Interactive Ontario, A Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit for the Interactive Digital Media Industry
    3. Legal Services NYC, Statement of Diversity Goals of New York’s Legal Services Community
  4. Government and Court Law Libraries (Federal and State)
    1. Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Diversity Data
    2. Florida Courts, Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity
    3. Justice at Stake, Listing of Judicial Diversity Resources, 1990-2013
    4. Minnesota Judicial Branch, 2016 D&I Report
    5. National Archives, Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan
    6. National Center for State Courts, Library eCollection
    7. RAND Corporation, Implementation of the DOD Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan
    8. Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, Diversifying the Bench Guidebook
  5. Foreign and International
    1. International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto
    2. Law Society of South Australia, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
    3. United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Media and Information Literacy
  6. Additional Resources
    1. On the Web
      1. Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project
      2. Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), Diversity Toolkit
      3. Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), Capital Chapter, Diversity & Inclusion Resources
      4. Association of Specialized, Government, and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), Library Staff with Disabilities
      5. National Diversity in Libraries Conference, Creating A Sustainable Plan For Diversity and Inclusion
      6. Public Libraries Online, Diversity in Public Libraries Strategies for Achieving a More Representative Workforce
    2. Articles and Publications
      1. Law Library Journal
        1. James M. Donovan, Diversity: How Is AALL Doing?, 109 Law Libr. J. 7 (2017).
        2. Ronald Wheeler, AALL Diversity Redelineated, 106 Law Libr. J. 135 (2014).
        3. Raquel J. Gabriel, Selected Readings on Diversity Issues: Part I, 105 Law Libr. J. 405 (2013).
        4. Raquel J. Gabriel, Selected Readings on Diversity Issues: Part II, 105 Law Libr. J. 567 (2013).
        5. Alyssa Thurston, Addressing the Emerging Majority: Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century, 104 Law Libr. J. 359 (2012).
      2. AALL Spectrum
        1. Andre Davison, Voices Across the Spectrum / Combating Systemic Racism, AALL Spectrum Nov./Dec. 2020, at 29.
        2. Femi Cadmus & R. Martin Witt Ask A Director / Diversity and Inclusion Opportunities, AALL Spectrum Sept./Oct. 2020, at 28.
        3. Victoria de la Torre & Marcelo Rodriguez, Claiming Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Common Ground, AALL Spectrum May/Jun. 2020, at 30.
        4. Shamika Dalton & Clanitra Stewart Nejdl, Developing a Culturally Competent Legal Research Curriculum, AALL Spectrum, Mar./Apr. 2019, at 18.
        5. Alex Berrio Matamoros & Clanitra Stewart Nejdl, The Minority Leadership Development Award Effect: Catching Up with the First 10 Years of Winners, AALL Spectrum, Jan./Feb. 2019, at 16.
        6. Shamika Dalton, Embracing a Rich Diversity: Promoting Diversity Among Patrons and Staff, AALL Spectrum, Feb. 2015, at 8.
        7. Michele A. Lucero & Beau Steenken, Into the Breach with AALL’s Diversity Committee: Law Librarians’ Struggle to Achieve Diversity Goals, AALL Spectrum, Feb. 2013, at 15.
      3. Other Publications
        1. Mihoko Hosoi, Gwen Evans & Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, Creating Diversity in Libraries: Management Perspectives, Library Leadership & Management Vol 34, No 4 (2020)
        2. Yvette Iribe Ramirez & Mina Tari, “I find myself wondering why I wanted to do this:” Identifying barriers for students of color in the LIS field, Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Volume 57, Issue 1 (2020)
        3. Dali Keren & Caidi Nadia, Humanizing LIS Education and Practice: Diversity by Design (2020)
        4. Christine Bombaro, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action: Planning, Leadership, and Programming (2020)
        5. Aisha M. Johnson-Jones, The African American Struggle for Library Equality: The Untold Story of the Julius Rosenwald Fund Library Program (2019)
        6. Social Justice and Activism in Libraries: Essays on Diversity and Change (Su Epstein, Carol Smallwood & Vera Gubnitskaia eds., 2019).
        7. Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success (Shannon D. Jones & Beverly Murphy eds., 2019).
        8. Regina Koury, Jenny Lynne Semenza & Sandra Shropshire, A Survey of Diversity and Inclusiveness Initiatives at Carnegie Doctoral Research Institutions Libraries, 40 Libr. Mgmt. 23 (2019).
        9. Lorelei Rutledge et al., Developing a Residency Program: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2019).
        10. Asian American Librarians and Library Services: Activism, Collaborations, and Strategies (Janet Hyunju Clarke et al. eds., 2018).
        11. Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries (Shamika D. Dalton et al. eds., 2d ed. 2018).
        12. In Our Own Voices, Redux: The Faces of Librarianship Today (Jorge R. López-McKnight & Teresa Y. Neely eds., 2018).
        13. Melissa Adler, Cruising the Library: Perversities in the Organization of Knowledge (2017).
        14. David James Hudson, On “Diversity” as Anti-Racism in Library and Information Studies: A Critique, 1 J. Critical Libr. & Info. Stud. 1 (2017).
        15. Stephanie Russell-Kraft, Law Firms Expanded Diversity Efforts: Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Industry, Big Law Business, Dec. 8, 2017.
        16. Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (2016).
        17. Jennifer Brown, Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace & The Will To Change (2016).
        18. Marybeth Gasman, The Five Things No One Will Tell You About Why Colleges Don’t Hire More Faculty of Color, Hechinger Report, Sept. 20, 2016.
        19. Anjali Gulati, Diversity in Librarianship: The United States Perspective, 36 IFLA J. 288 (2016).
        20. Jennifer Vinopal, The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action, In the Library with the Lead Pipe, Jan. 13, 2016.
        21. Bonnie Marcus, How One Law Firm Is Tackling Diversity, Women@Forbes, Oct. 24, 2016.
        22. Stephanie N. Downey et al., The Role of Diversity Practices and Inclusion in Promoting Trust and Employee Engagement, 45 J. Applied Soc. Psychol. 35 (2015).
        23. April Hathcock, White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS, In the Library with the Lead Pipe, Oct. 7, 2015.
        24. Paul T. Jaeger et al., The Virtuous Circle Revisited: Injecting Diversity, Inclusion, Rights, Justice, and Equity into LIS from Education to Advocacy, 85 Libr. Q. 150 (2015).
        25. Juleah Swanson et al., Why Diversity Matters: A Roundtable Discussion on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Librarianship, In the Library with the Lead Pipe, July 29, 2015.
        26. Bernardo M. Ferdman, The Practice of Inclusion in Diverse Organizations, in Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion, 3 (Bernardo M. Ferdman & Barbara R. Deane eds., 2014).
        27. Daniel Muzio & Jennifer Tomlinson, Editorial: Researching Gender, Inclusion and Diversity in Contemporary Professions and Professional Organizations, 19 Gender Work & Org. 455 (2012).
        28. Paul T. Jaeger et al., Diversity and LIS Education: Inclusion and the Age of Information, 52 J. Educ. Libr. & Info. Sci. 166 (2011).
        29. Bharat Mehra, Hope A. Olson & Suzana Ahmad, Integrating Diversity Across the LIS Curriculum: An Exploratory Study of Instructors’ Perceptions and Practices Online, 37 IFLA J. 39 (2011).
        30. Lori S. Mestre, Visibility of Diversity Within Association of Research Libraries Websites, 37 J. Acad. Librarianship 101 (2011).
        31. Lynn M. Shore et al., Inclusion and Diversity in Work Groups: A Review and Model for Future Research, 37 J. Mgmt. 1262 (2011).
        32. Paul T. Jaeger, John Carlo Bertot, & Renee E. Franklin, Diversity, Inclusion, and Underrepresented Populations in LIS Research, 80 Libr. Q. 175 (2010).
        33. Mega M. Subramaniam & Paul T. Jaeger, Modeling Inclusive Practice?: Attracting Diverse Faculty and Future Faculty to the Information Workforce, 59 Libr. Trends 109 (2010).
        34. Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries (Carol Avery Nicholson et al. eds., 2006).
        35. Frederick Miller & Judith Katz, The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity (2002).