July 2021

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

On June 18, I announced the appointment of Victor Jones, Jr. as the Library’s first Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. Victor’s first day is coming up in just a few weeks on July 16. While he will be busy onboarding at the start, I know he would appreciate a welcome email (vjones7@illinois.edu) or in-person hello (within the Admin Suite, 230 Main Library).

In addition, the DEIA Task Force has been making good headway and would like to share its work with the Library. This update in LON is the first in a series of regular progress reports. As always, if you have any questions for the Task Force, please communicate those to Task Force Chairs Jessica Ballard and Joe Lenkart.

John Wilkin
The Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian