Any type of organization can be made stronger through diversity and inclusion, and these are not abstract concepts at KDL. We have a long history of removing barriers and constantly working to engage diverse patronage and employees at KDL. We recognize that inclusion is critical to our profession. We are engaged in a continuous improvement process to ensure we are constantly refining our efforts in an attempt to “up our game” and have a real impact on diverse communities and library culture. To this end, we have:
1. Gone to community leaders and trusted institutions that represent diverse communities and asked how to best engage their constituencies.
2. We have provided designated paid internship opportunities for diverse applicants.
3. We have asked and responded to specific community needs resulting in the provision of much needed and valued resources.
4. We constantly work to provide a diverse collection.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. I would love for you to read more of my thoughts on this important topic.