DIAL is an interest group of the California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL). We
hold meetings and programs to discuss current diversity issues. Learn more about us by reading our
The objectives of DIAL include:
History of DIAL-South
o Promote an understanding and sensitivity towards the diverse user groups served by academic and research libraries in California--by diverse, we refer to the diversity in race, ethnicity, language, culture, socio-economic class, national origin, religious and political belief, age, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation;
o Advocate for inclusivity, equity and diversity within institutional policies, practices and the profession at large;
o Elicit and advocate for competent, responsive, and accountable services to the information needs of diverse communities in the academic cultural setting;
o Foster values rooted in professional ethics, social justice, cultural competencies, and democratic practice;
o Serve as an adviser to the CARL executive board; the CARL executive board can have access to DIAL as a resource as needed to serve in an advisory capacity; and o Identify unique resources and services to diverse populations in the academic and research community
DIAL (Diversity in Academic Libraries) was formed in the south in 1993, by Darrin Gitisetan of California State University, Northridge. We are in the process of putting together the archives of DIAL-South. Take a look below at what we've been able to gather so far.
Go here to read a copy of the bylaws.
A CARL Newsletter piece about DIAL-South.
A letter from Darrin Gitesetan to CARL President about the birth of DIAL-South.
A letter to Darrin Gitisetan informing him that DIAL-South has been formally approved as a CARL Interest Group.
We've found the minutes from the very first DIAL-South business meeting in 1993!