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

Update: Library Human Resources is currently updating our search materials. Please reach out to Aneitre Johnson (atjohnsn@illinois.edu) if you need specific information about being a Search Chair or Search Committee Member.

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://canvas.illinois.edu/

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 Office for Access and Equity, 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.  The Diversity Advocate may receive additional instructions from Library Human Resources.


Library EEOC webpage