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Collection development, Diversity, Indigenous peoples, Collection diversification

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University Libraries


In 2014, the DU Libraries began to address a lack of work by and about the Cheyenne and Arapaho people in its collections, and moved toward reparative change in response to historical traumas suffered by Indigenous Peoples. The history of this work and its origins—which led to the creation of the Libraries’ Collection Diversification Task Force (CDTF) and now informs the Libraries’ collection development philosophy and operational inclusivity—are discussed in the “Developments Leading to the Collection Diversification Task Force” section of this chapter. Further on, the “Collection Diversification Task Force” section clarifies methodology, recommendations, and self-discovery on the part of librarians. Finally, “Reflections for Future Work” summarizes where collection diversification currently stands at DU Libraries and highlights the role of administrative support in encouraging this process to continue.

Publication Statement

This is a preprint of:

Bowers, J., Crowe, K., Keeran, P., Maness, J., Solis, D., & Tharp, S. (2021). Working toward human-centered, reparative change through print collection development at the University of Denver. In Mcallister, L. & Laster, S. (Eds.), Transforming print: Collection development and management for our connected future (pp. 33-47). ALA Editions.