USU Libraries Creates Online Resource for Racial Justice on Campus

Utah State University Libraries released the Resources for Racial Justice LibGuide, an online guide intended to be a starting point to a community-built collection to promote learning about racism and racial justice issues.

The guide supports USU Libraries’ Statement of Solidarity released June 12 that condemns racism and violence against Black people and all people of color, and reiterates a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

“The University Library is in a unique position to provide access to information about racial justice throughout campus and our USU system,” Dean of Libraries Brad Cole said. “We are shocked and saddened by the current events that highlight our ongoing struggle to understand issues surrounding racial justice. By creating this library resource for the campus, we hope to contribute to a more hopeful dialogue regarding these issues.”

The Resources for Racial Justice LibGuide contains lists and links for books, articles, videos, definitions of guiding concepts and USU resources for further engagement. The guide is intended to grow through community submissions curated by USU Libraries.

“The hope is these resources will be used by USU community members for individual processing and growth, as well as in their teaching and learning,” USU Libraries Head of Learning and Engagement Services Kacy Lundstrom said. “The goal is for this to be an evolving campus community resource.”

USU Libraries encourages submissions about antiracism, equity, diversity and inclusion through this Qualtrics recommendation form. Submissions can be anonymous or by author and will be reviewed regularly.

“Academic libraries serve a unique role in promoting information literacy,” Lundstrom said. “This includes helping our community have access to and think critically about information that deepens our understanding and informs our identities as global and local citizens.”

A small interdepartmental team in Lundstrom’s unit developed the LibGuide inspired by both the USU Honors Program’s “Summer Listening, Viewing, and Reading Suggestions” collection and the University of Washington’s “Recommended Reads for Equity” project.

To view the Resources for Racial Justice LibGuide, visit http://libguides.usu.edu/racialjustice.