What is the Resource Library?
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website is full of resources, but often users might have trouble finding them. That's where the Resource Library comes in.
This library is a keyword-searchable directory to assist users in finding helpful and important resources, including books, academic publications, policies and manuals, film and multimedia, services and centers, on-demand training, and other valuable information.
The service will expand and grow as the DEI website continues to evolve. It is a work in progress, and will continue to provide needed information in an easier-to-find format.
We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the GSU DEI site and its usefulness to the community.
Why Was the Resource Library Created?
The original Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website was launched in the fall of 2020, following a summer of tragedy and national reckoning over racial injustice and inequality. In the interest of quickly providing resources, listings and links were placed on the site in a swift manner.
Since then, the site has grown and some users may find it difficult to find information that they're looking for. But in much the same way that the Diversity Database provides a way to search initiatives across the university, the Resource Library operates under the same concept.
How Many Resources Will Be Listed Here?
Just as a physical library never stops acquiring new books or periodicals, the Resource Library will be a continuing project, with new resources added as the university moves forward.
The Resource Library is starting during the late spring of 2021 with at least 100 resources, gathered from different parts of the DEI website. As each resource - whether it's the individual name of a paper citation, to the name of an individual book or news article - gets its own posting (or "card"), you can imagine the enormity of the task of assembling and updating the library.
It is expected that the library may have at least 200 resource listings by the end of Calendar Year 2021, if not more. Depending on contributions from the university community, it could be even higher.
How Do I Use The Search/Browsing Features?
We are working on a short tutorial video. In the meantime, here are some helpful directions that use screenshots:
Search the Library
To search the Resource library, enter your term in the search bar. For example, we've entered "difficult conversations." To the right, results will appear, displaying relevant resources where the search term is included in the keywords, title, or text of the resource post. The results window will allow you to scroll further down to see additional search results.
Narrowing Down by Resource Type
Under the search bar, there are options to check/uncheck resource types (or generic search filters) to help you find more precisely what you're looking for. Here, we've excluded everything except "Policies, Guidelines and Manuals":
Example of a Resource Post
Just as the Diversity Database has individual posts, or "cards," for each entry corresponding to an initiative or program, the Resource Library has a post for each research. Posts may vary in appearance, but the posts will include:
- Title of the resource (book, film, manual, etc.)
- The author of the resource
- A brief synopsis of the resource - in the case of academic journals, this will be the abstract.
- For journal articles, a citation and a link to the paper in the EBSCOHOST database at the Georgia State Library. For articles that are in the public domain, they may be included within the Resource Library's documents; otherwise, the Resource Library will link to the article's entry in the University Library database.
- For all resources, a link directing to the right location to find it.
- For books, you will also find links to the entry for the book in GSU's GIL library catalogue system and a link to the book's publisher's website for purchasing options.
Here's an example from the "difficult conversations" search:
How to Browse the Library
By selecting "Browse," you are able to view all of the library's collected resource postings. Resource postings are listed by title, numbers 1 through 9, then A to Z. You can look through all of 100+ collected resources, or use the filter feature to narrow down the type of resource you're looking for.
The filter drop-down menu is located at the top of the listings:
Narrow by Category
By clicking the down arrow, you can find your category of interest. For example, we will select the option to go through various policies, procedures, guidelines and manuals:
After making the selection, the system will display the items in the requested category, in alphabetical order:
Navigating the Results
To browse through the results after selecting your filter, select dots at the bottom of the screen to move forward through the pages:
How Can I Contribute to the Library?
We're glad you're interested in contributing!
Click here or select the "Suggest" button in the menu bar for resource categories, guidelines, and a suggestion form.
What if I Have Questions?
Click here or select "contact" in the menu bar.