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Diversity and Inclusion Resource Guide: Home


This guide is designed to help put the Gettysburg College community in touch with resources relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The resources collected here come from our campus, our local community, and beyond.

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Musselman Library's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Musselman Library is committed to creating, through our learning spaces, programs, services, collections, and policies, an environment that supports, values, and respects everyone in the Gettysburg College community. At Gettysburg, diversity includes but is not limited to age, country of origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, geography, learning differences, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic level.

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee of Musselman Library, established in 2016, encourages awareness of issues relating to diversity and inclusion at the library. Our position is supported by Gettysburg College’s mission, as well as the American Library Association’s Core Values of Librarianship. We are working purposefully to:

  • cultivate a safe, welcoming space, and provide excellent service for all students, employees, community members, and visitors
  • collect materials representing a plurality of viewpoints
  • strengthen discovery systems to make all viewpoints findable
  • facilitate programs and exhibits that foster a diverse and positive campus climate
  • strengthen the intercultural competence of all library employees, including students, with ongoing learning opportunities
  • improve diversity of library staff at all levels to create a more inclusive library experience
  • build partnerships and share information with campus offices and student groups that are committed to diversity and inclusion.

Musselman Library's Inclusion Action Plan was last updated in December, 2020. It details how we intend to activate this statement in our daily work.

Recommend a Purchase

The library welcomes requests or recommendations for additions to our collection. Please consider the following guidelines when submitting a request to purchase:

  • Purchases must fit within the scope of the library's Collection Development Policy.
  • Recommendations may be forwarded to the relevant Librarian Liaison for review.
  • Receipt of items may vary depending on publisher, format, and availability.

Recommend a purchase form

Library Physical Space and Assistive Technology

Musselman Library seeks to be sensitive to our visitors' diverse environmental needs. Students can find various types of seating; arrange desks for group or individual use, and work in designated "quiet" areas, or even by lamplight. If you have difficulty finding a comfortable or peaceful space, please ask our staff for assistance. 

We also offer assistive-adaptive technologies and devices such as audiobooks, noise-canceling headphones, and magnifiers. These may be checked out for on-site use at the Check Out desk.

Note: In order to create a safer environment for all, and limit the spread of COVID-19, we are not able to loan noise-canceling headphones currently. Please refrain from arranging desks, tables, and chairs; we have internationally spaced out all furniture to comply with physical distancing requirements on campus.

Diversity in American Libraries

Our diversity standards have been formulated with the help of these national library organizations. The pages linked here are great resources for news, opportunities, and innovations relating to diversity and inclusion in the library world.

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

‚ÄčAmerican Library Association (ALA)

Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion LibGuide

Diversity in Higher Education

Gettysburg College Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Be informed about the issues on your campus. Know how to fill out a Bias Incident Report. Read the Campus Climate Study, which surveys attitudes toward and experiences of discrimination and harassment at Gettysburg. Know who your staff resources are and how to contact them. Know what is being done at Gettysburg about Diversity and Inclusion, and how YOU can contribute.

Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts. This group of 11 Pennsylvania liberal arts colleges, including Gettysburg, attains federal grants for diversity initiatives, and organizes conferences on diversity in higher education.

American Council on Education (ACE). Reports and publications, blog posts and research from a broad range of educational settings.

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU). Case studies and tools relating to national standards for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence.