2020 Keynote – Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

2020 Acquisitions Institute Keynote

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

Clarifying through Collections: Implementing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Stacks

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) strategies often start with written documentation that details long-range planning; moreover, it is often based in problematic rhetoric that may not be effectively actionable. Library organizations are not immune to these processes and outcomes, which may impact their ability to address both currency and decolonization where collection development is concerned. We’ll review the measures a small academic library took to update their collections to expand the center of literature, scholarly thought, and ephemeral research; acknowledge the impact of creativity in student life; and ultimately, informally lead its campus in the formation and implementation of EDI values – all while using the idea of welcoming users and leveraging student life as a guidepost and marker of success.


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Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick earned her MSLS from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Her research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of digital humanities in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and the author of two annotated bibliographies: Kaleidoscopic Concern: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of Diversity, Recruitment, Retention, and Other Concerns Regarding African American and Ethnic Library Professionals (ACRL 2009) and Global Evolution: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of International Students in U.S. Academic Libraries (ACRL 2007).

In addition to her research and writing, Kendrick also offers professional development opportunities and organizational consultations designed to energize employee morale and promote empathetic leadership in North American libraries. In her daily and long-term work, Kendrick has transformed library programs, services, and culture via creativity, leadership, and advocacy.

In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Learn more about Kaetrena’s mission and activities.