Equal Employment Opportunity for Library Search Committees (Faculty and AP searches)

Overview of University Library search process” not only sets out the procedures that the University Library currently uses for searches but how it addresses diversity. (View the search procedures manual for more information.)

Three things that Search Committees need to do with regards to diversity

1. Recruitment is key in ensuing a large and diverse pool. Library HR will post position announcements on standard library diversity sites (via ALA and ACRL). Search committees are strongly encouraged to post to “specialty” sites relating to the position, especially listservs with diverse memberships. Direct contacting of candidates, via phone, email, etc., is strongly encouraged. The Dean is willing to contact prospective candidates.

2. DiversityEdu–The Office of Diversity, Equality, and Access (ODEA) requires all Search Committee members to complete the online “DiversityEdu” program at least once every other year. DRIVE (Diversity Realized at Illinois through Visioning Excellence) has asked ODEA to approve only searches for which ALL search committee members have completed the DiversityEdu course.

Link: https://compass2g.illinois.edu/webapps/login/?action=relogin

Please note that it works best with IE and Google Chrome. This 30-minute training can be stopped and restarted, and offers a certificate of completion, bibliography and a document entitled “Ground Rules + Guidelines for Diversity Competent Faculty Searches” which provides a useful summary of diverse issues relating to job searches.

3. Diversity Advocate–According to the ODEA each Search Committee must appoint a “Diversity Advocate” who will pay particularly close attention to diversity matters during the search. Please remember that all search committee members need to be aware of diversity issues. In addition to taking the DiversityEdu training, the Diversity Advocate should review the extra training materials available at the ODEA website at diversity.illinois.edu and, in particular, the “Academic Search Process” section of the ODEA site, at:

http://diversity.illinois.edu/NewSearchManual/Search Committee Member On-Line Training.pdf


Library EEOC webpage