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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:
- How well do you know your community? Gather as much recent statistical and anecdotal data about the community you serve as you can.
- 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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