OCULA EDI Advocacy Group

Who we are
The OCULA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Advocacy Group reports to OCULA Council to support initiatives on current issues and strategies related to EDI in Ontario’s academic libraries. The group works to: encourage education, mobilize knowledge, organize professional development and communication opportunities, and compile and make available resources related to EDI advocacy initiatives in Ontario’s academic libraries.

Read about our OCULA EDI Advocacy Group Terms of Reference

What we’re working on
Check out our current and previous initiatives

How to become involved:
Email the OCULA Council President to express your interest in the group and they will respond to you with details.
Look for open meetings and events held throughout the year, join the conversation.
Follow OCULA on Twitter @OCULA_OLA

Related groups & organizations

CARL Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group
OLA Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Committee 

Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC)

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion includes toolkits on diversity and inclusion, and employment equity: https://ccdi.ca/toolkits/

Articles to get you started
(links below are all open access with a Canadian academic focus):

Noor, T., N. Bell, M. P. Chan, G. Liu, and A. Ramos. “Roundtable: What Is Holding Librarianship Back from Being More Inclusive of Visible Minorities”. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, vol. 13, no. 2, Dec. 2018.

About this article: This interview-style article poses the question “What is holding librarianship back from being more inclusive of visible minorities?” to current and future practitioners in Canadian academic libraries, who offer some excellent insights and suggestions.

Kung, J., Fraser, K., & Winn, D. (2020). Diversity Initiatives to Recruit and Retain Academic Librarians: A Systematic Review. College & Research Libraries, 81(1), 96. 

About this article: The aim of this study is to determine the strategic approaches that academic libraries are using in their efforts to recruit and retain diverse librarians.

Oud, J. “Academic Librarians With Disabilities: Job Perceptions and Factors Influencing Positive Workplace Experiences”. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, vol. 13, no. 1, May 2018.

About this article: This study investigates some of the characteristics of Canadian university librarians with disabilities, their job satisfaction, their perceptions of their workplace climate for diversity and accessibility, and the factors that influence their workplace perceptions.