January 16th, 2024
Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies received the 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The LEAD Award honors academic libraries’ programs and initiatives that encourage and support DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) across their campus. These include, but are not limited to research, technology, accessibility, exhibitions, and community outreach. Purdue Libraries will be featured, along with 55 other recipients, in the March 2024 issue of Insight Into Diversity magazine.
“We are deeply honored to receive the 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award. The award stands as a testament to the dedication of our Libraries to strategies for equity, inclusion, diversity, accessibility, racial equity, and belonging. We are proud to be acknowledged as a role model for other institutions, and this honor motivates us to continue our efforts in creating an inclusive culture at Purdue Libraries,” said Beth McNeil, dean of Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies.
Insight Into Diversity magazine selected Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies for their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The establishment of the Council on Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in 2020 has played a crucial role. This council provides strategic leadership in the development of key partnerships within and outside of the Libraries which has resulted in compelling programming, providing opportunities for assessment on individual and organizational levels, imbedding DEI principles in hiring and onboarding practices, as well as forming strategic partnerships with the Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Initiatives. This recognition reflects Purdue Libraries dedication to creating an inclusive culture and fostering diversity.
“We know that many academic libraries are not always recognized for their dedication to diversity, inclusion, and access” says Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of Insight Into Diversity magazine. “We are proud to honor these college and university libraries as role models for other institutions of higher education.”
A call for nominations for this award was announced in October 2023.
For more information about the 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award, visit insightintodiversity.com.
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About Insight Into Diversity
Insight Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education today. Insight is the leader in recognizing inclusive excellence in higher education through its many prestigious awards. They are also known for being the leader in advancing best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion through their website and print magazine. On Insight’s online Career Center readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues of Insight Into Diversity magazine are available online at insightintodiversity.com.