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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 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

As staff members and individuals, we seek every day to learn, grow, and change for the better; to be aware of the past, critical of the present, and hopeful for the future. We do this by developing collections that represent a broad range of viewpoints; making materials as relevant and accessible as possible; creating exhibits, programs, and learning opportunities that express the values of inclusion; diversifying our professional and student staff; partnering with campus clubs and offices; and ensuring that our physical space is safe, inviting, and stimulating for all.

Among the basic convictions guiding our work at Musselman Library are

  • that systemic inequalities function both consciously and unconsciously, passively and actively, in this country and on this campus;
  • that libraries must work to resist and dismantle unjust discrimination in all forms;
  • and that each member of the Gettysburg College community deserves respect, support, and welcoming, in whatever ways we can provide them.

Because we’re part of the very system that must be changed, our awareness will always be partial, our vision biased. We wish to learn as well as educate. Therefore, we ask for feedback, guidance, and advice from all segments and members of the College community. Please contact the Musselman Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee by clicking the button below.

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, and by the American Library Association’s Core Values of Librarianship. 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.

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.

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.