Charge: To encourage members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to join and participate in RBMS; to recruit members of these groups into the Special Collections profession; to partner with other groups in the library field that focus on diversity or diverse collections; to generate and facilitate seminars, workshops, and programs about collecting materials related to racial and ethnic groups and providing outreach to patrons from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Coordination: The Diversity Committee will work in close collaboration with other RBMS committees and discussion groups to fulfill this charge.  A member of this committee serves on the RBMS Scholarships Committee.

Practices and Procedures: Specific activities of the Diversity Committee may include maintaining a set of diversity resource pages on the RBMS web site; developing or facilitating programming and workshops that fulfill its charge at regional and national conferences; and facilitating presentations by RBMS members to students at colleges and universities with high minority enrollments.

To contact the chair of the Diversity Committee, please send an email to diversity@rbms.info.

An online guide for RBMS members and library professionals who wish to make presentations about careers in special collections librarianship to students and paraprofessional staff, particularly those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

  • Diversity Toolkit [MS Word] [PDF]
  • Assessment tool [MS Word] [PDF]
  • Preserving Culture as a Career: Becoming a Special Collections Librarian (a sample handout to distribute to audience) [MS Word] [PDF]