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Looking at Virginia Shared Collections through a DEI Lens: Increasing Equity and Representation

Sep 28, 2022

The structure by which we evaluate collections is inherently problematic, as collections deliver value to users in many ways that are not always easy to quantify. This presentation will show the development of a number of VIVA programs and initiatives to assess and grow the diversity of the consortium’s shared collections both with direct, large-scale purchases of primary source content and the closely related emphasis on supporting small publishers. Ultimately, this is part of a larger goal to shift the conversation about the value of collections to be more inclusive.

Anne Osterman is Director of VIVA, Virginia’s academic library consortium. Her scholarship focuses on collaborative collection development and the resource management workflows and systems that underpin this work. She has a Master’s in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Statistics from American University.

Genya O’Gara is Deputy Director of VIVA. She publishes and presents on emerging models of content development and assessment, with a focus on digital collections, scholarly publishing, and collaborative collection development. She holds a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree from the Evergreen State College.