Beyond diversity: Moving towards inclusive work environments

Paula M. Smith

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As a result of the demographic changes occurring in communities served by academic libraries and the ongoing diversity initiatives to support these changes, there has been an increasing shift from generally homogeneous workplaces to multicultural, multi-perspective, multi-valued ones. In order to accommodate these changes and raise cultural awareness in their employees, academic libraries must begin to strategize how to develop inclusive work environments conducive to having each voice heard, valued, and respected. A substantial aspect of developing inclusive workspaces is to encourage culturally conscious behaviors and practices. This chapter will highlight the significance of developing inclusive work environments and the importance of elevating the concept of cultural competencies, and suggest methods towards achieving each.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWorkplace Culture in Academic Libraries
Subtitle of host publicationThe Early 21st Century
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781843347026
StatePublished - Feb 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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