LIS Associations’ Commitment and Effort in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Content Analysis, Term Analysis, and Topic Modeling
Keywords:diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), LIS professional associations, definitions, diversity statement, position statement, competency framework, code of conduct, term analysis, topic modeling
In this study, we investigated 28 LIS associations’ DEI efforts as evidenced through their websites. We report results of content analysis, along with term analysis and topic modeling of DEI definitions, diversity statements, position statements, competency frameworks, and codes of conduct. Despite notable gaps in associations’ DEI practices, their commitment to DEI, community, culture, professional practice, and their members is evident. Results show that associations have been steadfast with DEI principles, keenly aware of current events to declare and advocate their positions, and to condemn discrimination and violence against marginalized communities. Our findings contribute to a better understanding of the role of associations in promoting DEI through specific actions. LIS associations should make a consistent and visible effort to lead their professional communities towards robust work in DEI on all fronts and to enhance, advance, and sustain those efforts by forming a coalition to advance DEI progress in our profession.
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