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CECH Library Anti-Racism LibGuide Audit

This guide provides information on the CECH Library's Anti-Racism LibGuide Audit, as well as tools and process overview so you can do it, too!

Rubric Background

Beginning with an audit, subject librarians at the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) Library at the University of Cincinnati developed a rubric to analyze anti-racism resources within each subject guide. The rubric examined guides for quantity of anti-racism resources, variety of resources, authority of resources, resources relevant in a disciplinary context, and resources relevant in professional context.

When developing the rubric, guides scored on a 20-point scale were defined as insufficient (1-10), proficient (11-14), strong (15-18), and exceptional (19-20). The rubric was designed so that no guide could exceed a score of proficient (11-14) without the presence of discipline and profession-specific anti-racism resources.

Anti-Racism LibGuide Audit Rubric

  1 - Insufficient 2 - Proficient 3 - Strong 4 - Exceptional
Number of Anti-Racism Resources There are one or fewer anti-racism resources in the guide. There are some (2-7) anti-racism resources in the guide. There are a few (8-12) anti-racism resources in the guide. There are several (12 or more) anti-racism resources in the guide.
Variety of Resources There are one or two types of anti-racism resources such as academic journals and books, databases, multimedia resources, archival collections, websites, and other non-academic materials.

Resources are exclusively designed for self-reflection or academic purposes.
There are one or two types of anti-racism resources.

Resources are present for both self-reflection and academic use, but the majority serve only one purpose.
There are more than two kinds of anti-racism resources.

Resources are present for both self-reflection and academic use, but the majority serve only one purpose.
There are several types of anti-racism resources.

Includes a balance of resources for self-reflection and academic purposes. 
Authority of Non-Academic Resources On Anti-Racism Issues Non-academic anti-racism resources lack authority or contain information that is inaccurate and/or outdated.

Copyright issues or paywalls may make a majority of resources unreliable for long-term access.
Non-academic anti-racism resources may lack authority but have content which is otherwise accurate and up-to-date.

Copyright issues or paywalls may make some resources unreliable for long-term access.
Non-academic anti-racism resources are accurate, up-to-date, and largely authoritative.

Copyright issues or paywalls may make a few resources unreliable for long-term access.
Non-academic anti-racism resources are authoritative, accurate, and up-to-date.

Copyright issues or paywalls are not a concern. Most resources reliable for long-term access.
Resources About the Discipline
(i.e. Education, Information Technology)
Anti-racism resources do not provide race within disciplinary contexts (i.e. implicit racism in pedagogy; school team mascots). There are anti-racism resources about the discipline.

Resources provide insight into race in one or two disciplinary contexts.
There are anti-racism resources about the discipline.

Resources provide insight into race in more than two disciplinary contexts. 
There are anti-racism resources about the discipline.

Resources provide insight into race in several disciplinary contexts, demonstrating the prevasiveness of racism in the field.
Resources About the Profession
(i.e. Public School Teacher, Tech Support Specialist)
Anti-racism resources do not provide insight into race in relevant professional contexts (i.e. hiring practices, workplace culture). There are anti-racism resources about the profession.

Resources provide insight into race in one or two relevant professional contexts.
There are anti-racism resources about the profession.

Resources provide insight into race in more than two relevant professional contexts.
There are anti-racism resources about the profession.

Resources provide insight into race in several relevant professional contexts, demonstrating the prevasiveness of racism in the field.

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