Day/Time: May 15, 2024, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Title: Implementing DEIA in Library Publishing Practices


  • Charlotte Roh (she/her), Publications Manager, California Digital Library
  • Allegra Swift, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of California San Diego
  • Annie Carter (they/them), Digital Publishing Coordinator, University of Michigan Press – Michigan Publishing Services
  • Harrison W. Inefuku (he/him), Scholarly Publishing Services Librarian, Iowa State University
  • Sarah Frankel (she/her), Open Access & Repository Coordinator, University of Louisville

Description: This panel will feature library publishers who have integrated DEIA initiatives and practices into their workflows, including:

  • The Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC) at the University of California has launched a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Scholarly Communication resource intended to support the UC community (and beyond) in gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges of achieving and maintaining diversity, equity, and inclusion in scholarly publishing. The creation of this resource included extensive research, stakeholder community review, academic senate engagement, systemwide outreach efforts, and the implementation of educational modules for journal editors. This new resource includes concrete actions for authors, peer reviewers, journal editors, editorial boards, and librarians to create a more equitable scholarly communication environment in alignment with UC’s values as an academic institution.
  • At Michigan Publishing, the collective team in each of the subsidiary departments have brought DEIA initiatives to our hiring practices. Recognizing that much of the publishing industry identifies as predominantly white, female, heterosexual, and without disability (Roberts, 2021), (C4DISC, n.d.), Michigan Publishing has taken strides to meet DEIA initiatives through required bias interruption training for hiring committee members, providing applicants with questions in advance, and staff-wide communal norming discussions and improvements on a monthly basis.
  • At the University of Louisville, The Collective was created to uplift BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) faculty and staff by highlighting their research and providing open-access to BIPOC-produced scholarship through our institutional repository. By featuring this collection, UofL hopes to encourage scholars of all disciplines to intentionally seek out the research and scholarship of their colleagues of color and raise awareness about citation bias and help to reduce it.