Understanding the Experiences and Needs of Black Students at Duke

In 2019, the Duke University Libraries conducted discussion groups and Photovoice research with Black undergraduate and graduate students at Duke University. Assessment & User Experience (AUX) staff also analyzed the 2,800 student responses to the Libraries’ 2020 student satisfaction survey in light of what we learned from the fall discussion groups. We sought to understand students’ experiences in the Libraries and on campus to improve how all students interact with library services, facilities, and materials. We did not limit our discussions to library services and spaces, as it was important to explore Black students’ experience and use of the Libraries holistically. Read the full report.

Understanding the Experiences and Needs of 1G Students at Duke

How can Duke University – and the Duke University Libraries in particular – further support the success of its first-generation (1G) college students? To explore this question, a cross-departmental team of library staff conducted six focus groups with 1G students during the 2017-2018 academic year and analyzed responses from the Libraries’ 2018 user satisfaction survey with the 1G status demographic. While 1G students’ experiences are not monolithic, the research team was able to identify nine findings related to 1G students’ experiences on campus and in the Libraries. Read the full report.

Diversity in Recruitment

The Task Force for Diversity in Recruitment (DRTF) was charged in August 2017 to review current Duke University Libraries (DUL) search processes and to make recommendations that would help better embody the DUL principle Diversity Strengthens Us through successful recruitment of a diverse workforce. The following report includes recommendations for the DUL’s Executive Group, Library Human Resources, and DUL staff serving on search committees. The DRTF was informed by current literature on recruitment of underrepresented groups, documentation of DUL recruitment processes, conversations with key members of the Duke community, interviews with a sample of recent search committee members, and open meetings with DUL staff. Read the full report. 

Duke University Libraries Statement on Inclusive Description

Some of the historical language and metadata originally used to describe Duke's library holdings can seem quite dated today, and even racist or harmful. As we move forward, we're looking at some of our old metadata and thinking of ways to improve it. To that end, in November 2020, the Duke University Libraries Resource Description Department adopted a statement on inclusive description. Read our statement on inclusive description.

Rubenstein Library Guiding Principles for Description

The Rubenstein Library Technical Services department processes and catalogs a wide range of special collection formats (printed books, serials, ephemera, zines, archival papers, institutional records, film, video, born digital files, objects, and more) and creates description that is shared across a variety of platforms, such as the library catalog, finding aid database, and Duke’s institutional repository. In July 2020, the department adopted a formal set of guiding principles of with a goal of creating more inclusive metadata. Read the guiding principles.

Rubenstein Library Instruction Code of Ethics

Collections in the Rubenstein Library document a wide range of history, including some of the ugliest parts. In January 2019, Rubenstein Library staff adopted a code of ethics for instruction that helps us frame these materials up-front and clearly, in a way that recognizes the academic knowledge and lived experiences students bring to our classrooms. Read our instruction code of ethics.