Know & Go: Exhibits as DEI Outreach and Opportunities for Collaboration at an Academic Library

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Course Description

Despite the challenges of COVID on campus and in the library, 2020-2021 proved to be a growth year for outreach at Mississippi State University Special Collections. This talk will explore how the University Archivist developed relationships with organizations on campus focused on DEI work, increasing collaboration between the units, and the University Archivist curating exhibits on Hispanic heritage in Mississippi, Black student activism on campus, LGBTQ+ student groups, and unity. Despite a year of upheaval, the archivist was able to utilize existing relationships, cultivate new ones, and bring awareness to important, politically relevant stories and collections.

Learning objectives for this session include
  • To learn how to cultivate relationships with other departments or units.
  • To learn how to leverage your skills as a librarian/archivist to support DEI efforts in your library.
  • To learn how to conduct outreach to groups (ie. student groups) that might be distrustful of institutions.


Homework Expectations

It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Session Information
Session Duration: 
This course consists of a 1-hour session.
Contact Hours: 
Jessica Perkins Smith -