After a national search, OSU Libraries has selected a consulting firm to work with the Libraries to guide its exploration of ways to build and maintain itself as an organization that respects work-life balance, supports innovation and creativity, and practices reflection and inclusiveness. DeEtta Jones and Associates, based in South Florida, was selected and the partnership with DJA will commence in the fall term of 2020.

“The Libraries were pleased to be able to draw from an extremely strong pool of applicants following a national call for responses,” according to University Librarian Faye A. Chadwell. “We are looking forward to working with DeEtta Jones and Associates in the coming months to help us realize sustainable development in our organization. Their experience framing and integrating equity, diversity and inclusion as a component of change and growth is key to our success.”

DeEtta Jones and Associates is a minority- and woman-owned business founded in 2005. They offer deep expertise shaping practice around integrated and sustainable approaches to equity, diversity and inclusion, and leadership development leading to individual and organizational transformation. For the past 15 years, DJA has worked with libraries as well as library leaders on strategy design and implementation. Recent academic library or higher education clients include: Columbia University, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania, Code for Science, Association of College and Research Libraries, SPARC, National Library of Medicine, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, University of Southern California, Yale University, and CAVAL, a consortium of Australia’s most prestigious universities.

Funding was generously provided by the Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, which has been supporting innovation at OSU Libraries and Press since 2003.

Posted - October 22, 2020