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What is a diversity audit?
A diversity audit is an inventory of a collection designed to measure the amount of diversity within the collection. It is a tool used to analyze collection data to make ensure we include a wide variety of points of view, experiences and representations within a collection. Reflective practioners realize it is now more than ever,to intentionally, and even aggressively, be working to diversify our collections.
Before starting a diversity audit, it's important to analyze the information currently available and to develop a plan for collecting the information that's not. Begin by answering the following questions:
1. How well do you know your community? Gather as much recent statistical and anecdotal data about the community you serve as you can.
2. Begin assessing for gaps. Use surveys, polls or other anecdotal data to gather information about your collection. What do you think ia missing?
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