The Dean’s Council for Equity and Inclusion (DCEI) develops and implements equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) initiatives in the library. The DCEI recognizes that this work requires both individual effort towards greater understanding of the issues and systemic barriers faced by Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and also a high-level commitment to change the policies and structures that may perpetuate inequities or exclusion. As education without action will be frustrating and action without education will be ineffective, the DCEI has four primary goals:

  • Propose recommendations and solutions for equity, diversity, inclusion, and access issues that arise within the Library
  • Foster a culture of learning, curiosity, and growth in topics related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility; curate resources, organize trainings, discussions, and other events for employees across the Dartmouth Library system
  • Partner with Dean Mehrer and the Library Leadership Team (LLT) to advance the Library’s goals related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Develop methods to assess the library’s organizational culture with respect to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, and track progress over time.

News & Events

EDI Reading Group

The Dartmouth Library EDI Reading Group is open to all Dartmouth Library employees. Meetings are for one hour approximately every three weeks. For past topics and materials, see this list. For meeting details or more information about the group, contact Jill Baron or Stephen Krueger.

Speaker Series

The Dean's Council Speaker Series had its first speaker on July 13th. Krista McCracken (they/them) presented to library staff on Trans and Gender Diverse Identities in Libraries. A recording of the session, the slides, and a document listing resources that were mentioned during the session are available through this link (accessible only to library staff).

Information about future speakers will be added here as it becomes available.

Working Groups

Culture and Practices

The Culture and Practices subgroup of the DCEI is intended to work on policy recommendations relating to issues of equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. The work of the subgroup is to understand where the Library and the College currently stand on these issues, and find ways to advocate for improvements. The group's work is aimed at finding concrete actions that the Library and library staff can take to ensure that we hire and retain a diverse set of people to work at the library. This work is necessary in order to push back against the tendency of most institutions to perpetuate systemic injustices (racism, sexism, classism, ableism and many more).


The Outreach subgroup communicates information about the DCEI's work inside and outside the library. It also supports other EDI-related outreach to Dartmouth Library patrons and employees.


The DCEI spaces subgroup is working to audit the Library’s physical and digital spaces, identify areas that could be improved, and make recommendations based on EDI considerations.

Special Projects: EDI History

This is a project to research the history of diversity initiatives in the Dartmouth Library using the records of Rauner Special Collections Library and consultation with other library staff. The project's main purpose is to take stock of the work towards diversity and inclusion that has been done previously, how that work was accomplished (e.g., self-started or institution-mandated), and (if possible) why former committees disbanded or suspended their EDI work.

Contact Us

If you would like to bring an issue relating to equity, diversity, or inclusion to our attention, please contact us through email our our anonymous feedback form.

Email: library.dean'

Anonymous feedback form