Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, & Accessibilty Advisory Committee


To develop and promote a diverse workforce within libraries, foster Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, & Accessibilty in library policies, practices, programming, and services, and promote, support, sponsor and celebrate DEIJA within and between libraries and their communities. A central mission of the advisory committee is to educate and support library staff and community partners in understanding that DEIJA work is everyone's responsibility in creating a welcoming and supportive environment. The advisory committee acknowledges that DEIJA work can at times be uncomfortable, and trusts that all SCRLC members are here to learn, and commit to help one another and our colleagues in that learning process. The creation and maintenance of a safe space for a diverse and multicultural community of respectful persons is essential to the educational mission of libraries.



  • Assist with assessing Library policies and practices through a DEIJA lens to identify systems and structures that may impede DEIJA efforts, and to identify potential DEIJA needs and projects.
  • Provide leadership through sharing information on DEIJA Advisory Committee initiatives and programs with SCRLC members.
  • Help create an inclusive and equitable work environment in which all personnel are able to develop to their full potential.
  • Address proactively the fair and equal treatment of Library personnel.

2023-2024 Activities.


  • Recommend topics and speakers for programs; include speakers from BIPOC/neuro-diverse/persons with disabilities/LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • Collaborate with the Digital Equity Coalition to plan summit/symposium as possible.
  • Send Review and revise the DEIJA Plan to the board.
  • Review the Code of Conduct policy; recommend revisions.
  • Provide input into the Bylaws' diversity statement.
  • Contribute questions to the Educational Services Advisory Committee's next Needs Assessment Survey.
  • Discuss DEIJA topics in SCRLC's newsletter; include guest columnists.
  • Complete and distribute the DEIALS (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Assessment for Library Systems) assessment document as appropriate.
  • Update the DEIJA LibGuide.
  • Incorporate and implement the initiatives drafted in 2022/2023 into the DEIJA goals as appropriate.






Nancy Abashian Binghamton University 2023 abashian@binghamton.edu
Rachel Dworkin Chemung County Historical Society 2023 archivist@chemungvalleymuseum.org
Beth Hylen Corning Museum of Glass 2019 hylenlist@yahoo.com
Virgilio Pinto Ithaca College 2020 vpinto@ithaca.edu 
Allie Shanafelter Corning Museum of Glass 2023 shanafelac@cmog.org
Jenny Shonk Finger Lakes Library System 2021 jshonk@flls.org
Penny Sweeney Cayuga Onondaga BOCES SLS 2023 psweeney@cayboces.org
Karin Wikoff Ithaca Collge 2023 kwikoff@ithaca.edu
Lucy Yang Tompkins Cortland Community College 2021 YangL@tompkinscortland.edu
Christine Brown, ex officio SCRLC   cbrown@scrlc.org
Mary-Carol Lindbloom, ex officio SCRLC   mclindbloom@scrlc.org
Jessica Philippe. ex officio SCRLC   jphilippe@scrlc.org



Meeting Minutes

June 18  
April 16  
February 20  
December 19  
October 17 Minutes
August 15 Minutes
June 27 Minutes
May 9 Minutes
April 4 Minutes
February 17 Minutes
January 12
November 1 Minutes
September 15 Minutes
June 6 Minutes
May 23 Minutes
March 7 Minutes
February 9 Minutes
January 10
December 8 Minutes
November 16 Minutes
October 19 Minutes
June 10
March 1
January 21
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