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The EDI Strategies in Recruitment Toolkit was built by the contributions of Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) who have been through the hiring process in libraries and offered their personal experiences and insights through surveys and interviews. Contributions from library leaders and supervisors who have been responsible for hiring and taken part in the recruitment process also informed the strategies shared here. After 132 online survey responses, 21 follow up interviews, and numerous consultations, this project would not have been possible without the support, openness, and collegial spirit of our colleagues at all sides of the table.

Project led by Jessica Whu Lee
Project sponsored by British Columbia Library Association

The Working Together Project used a community development approach to reshape and inspire the way libraries design programs, services and policies. The purpose of the Project was to demonstrate that libraries could be made stronger and more relevant to the communities they served when their work was guided by a community’s expressed understanding of its needs and wants. How to work in meaningful and equitable ways with community members, especially vulnerable community members, was the primary goal of the Project. The resulting toolkit is a final deliverable for the Project and was meant to capture the lessons learned during the four years that the Project ran.