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Mapping Prejudice

Mapping Prejudice resumed working with community-based volunteers scanning deeds for racial covenants, offered 25 public presentations, and added a role as an official observer for a Uniform Law Commission process to create model legislation related to discharge or removal of historical racial covenants.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, And Accessibility (IDEA)

Many individual staff, committees, and departments engaged in IDEA initiatives at various levels through-out the year. A few highlights include:

  • A new all-gender restroom was built and opened on the ground floor of Elmer L. Andersen Library;
  • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Committee worked with an outside consultant to conduct an IDEA climate assessment survey for Libraries staff, the results of which have been shared, discussed, and acted upon at many levels;
  • The Libraries co-sponsored a system-wide Global Accessibility Awareness Day; The Libraries Accessibility Steering Committee released additional role-based training pathways to support digital accessibility education; and,
  • A staff Anti-racism Community of Practice continues to meet monthly.

—DEI Leadership Committee


Three new AULs join the Libraries

Three new Associate University Librarians started in summer 2022. Each one brings a large measure of enthusiasm to their roles. Dean Lisa German told staff: “I am so excited about our new leadership team. They are working together in ways that I had hoped — and beyond.”

Headshot of smiling librarian wearing a maroon blouseJody Gray, AUL for Research, is the only one among them who has previously worked at the U of M Libraries. She also served in diversity director roles with the American Library Association, and at the U’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).

Gray is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, from South Dakota. She brings that lens to her work with faculty, students, and staff involved in Libraries research.

“How can we decolonize [the research enterprise]? How do we recognize harms that exist in research practices currently and historically?” And, she adds: “How can we contribute to these conversations locally and globally?”

Headshot of smiling librarian wearing a blue turtleneck with a pink patterned scarf draped over one shoulderEvangela Q. Oates, Ph.D., AUL for Student Success, comes to Minnesota from New York. She finds parallels in their iconic rivers, the Mississippi and the Hudson, and major divides between urban and rural.

Frameworks for her approach to student success are 1) fostering a sense of belonging and 2) mattering.

“What environments does the U nurture that allows racially minoritized students to see their value and contributions as beneficial to their personal development, their communities, and the U?”

Oates also would like to see more connections between students, particularly Black, indigenous, and students of color, and their communities in the Twin Cities. The U and its Libraries collaborating in new ways with community colleges also may help students navigate higher education.

Headshot of smiling librarian wearing a pink blouse, gray blazer, and a pink pearl necklaceL. Angie Ohler, AUL for Collections and Content Strategy, appreciates the U of M Libraries long, strong history of partnerships, such as the Big Ten Academic Alliance. “Where you have strong partnerships between libraries, you have opportunities to change the landscape for the better,” Ohler says.

She is glad to be here as part of a new team, under Dean Lisa German. “Sometimes the impetus for change can happen so much more quickly when you have people with new lenses looking at things.”

“Everything we do in collections and content strategy has an impact across the campus community and beyond. Whether we purchase scholarly resources …, digitize existing content …, or negotiate with publishers to ensure that University of Minnesota research and publications reach a wider audience through open access: all of these have an enormous impact on the teaching, learning, and research mission of the University.”


Promoted to Associate Librarian:

  • Lisa Calahan
  • Lois Hendrickson (with continuous appointment)
  • Jennifer McBurney (with continuous appointment)
  • Emma Molls (with continuous appointment)

Promoted to full Librarian:

  • Megan Kocher
  • Mary Miller
  • Erik Moore

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