Diversity & Inclusion

Musselman Library’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Updated November 29, 2021

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.

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging 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 as well as 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.

Current diversity initiatives include:

You can also read the library's DEIB Strategic Plan, drafted in May 2024, for more information.