The University of Delaware Library values and celebrates diversity and aspires to be an organization that maintains a welcoming and respectful environment for all students, employees, and the community. The Delaware Will Shine strategic plan asserts that a diverse culture is crucial for equity, justice and educating global citizens. Diversity also includes access to and breadth in curriculum, research, and scholarship. As a central resource for scholarship on campus, the Library aims to embody high levels of intercultural competence resulting in improved resources and services for our broad community of users. The Library works to ensure that all members of the community have access to the collections and services regardless of their identity, background, physical ability, or institutional position.
The University defines diversity to include "both the recognition and appreciation of all human differences, based upon, but not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, class, gender identity, ability, sexual orientation, culture, ideology, politics, religion, citizenship, marital status, job classification, veteran status, and income and socioeconomic status" (Diversity Blueprint). The Library upholds and supports this definition of diversity.
The following excerpts from the 2017 Library Strategic Plan support diversity and inclusion:
The Library recognizes and celebrates the diversity of staff, students, faculty, and the broader community. We welcome, respect, and respond to the contributions of all.
The Library is a user-centered organization that values student success, impactful scholarship, creative achievement, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We foster an environment or respect, integrity, and transparency. Our staff is committed to continuous learning, innovation, operational effectiveness, and building a culture of inclusion.