The University of Minnesota Libraries convened a six-member committee to oversee a one-time fund established to address an imbalance in collections in all subject areas, with regard to race, racism, and intersectional histories of prejudice and liberation. The Racial Equity Collections Fund was created to immediately supplement collecting efforts with the purpose of amplifying racially diverse voices and perspectives. To fulfill the purpose and guidelines of the fund, the committee took an expansive look at published works written by and centering Black, Indigenous, (and) People of Color (BIPOC).
One project of the committee was the identification and selection of recently published ebooks representing voices and perspectives missing from the collection (retrospective analysis). This paper discusses the background, goals, selection criteria, data analysis, review processes and results of the retrospective analysis. We outline our collaboration with GOBI Library Solutions (hereafter, ‘GOBI’), including GOBI’s help identifying unowned titles in their catalog, utilization of GOBI’s Interdisciplinary Studies tags, and the post-project integration into GOBI approval plans including future review of plan performances.
Carter, Sunshine J; Clarke, KL; Grant, Malaika; Marsolek, Wanda; Nelsen, Katherine.
Retrospectively purchasing ebooks to amplify diverse voices and perspectives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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