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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility Resources


Bringing IDEA to Practice - presentation by Vanderbilt University Libraries - Tenn-Share Showcase 2022


  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility Committee
  • Being Intentional: Hiring
  • Student Support
  • Campus program participation
  • Community connections
  • Digital collection development

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA) Committee

Formed in 2019

Volunteer members

Diverse makeup of committee member identities – race, gender, ability, position

Sensory Kit items:

Items that could be circulated 

Items that could be given away 

  • Calm Strips (customization available) 
  • Hair ties/elastics - basic and simple (Example pack - $4.11) 
  • Earplugs (linked to example) – all year or can give at end of semester or when asked - Available all year at Music, Law and Management Libraries. Now given away at the end of semester at Central and Peabody Libraries.

Next Steps at Vanderbilt

Accepting applications for students entering in 2023. Apply here! 

Next Steps at Vanderbilt is a 4-year inclusive higher education program committed to providing neurodiverse students an inclusive, transformational postsecondary education in academics, social and career development, and independent living, while honoring equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.

Next Steps has partnered with the Science & Engineering Library, the Divinity Library, the Peabody Library (new this semester) and the Brentwood Library (off-campus) for internships.

At each library, students have helped with:

  • shelving books/media,
  • organizational tasks,
  • checking books back in,
  • and helping keep the library ready for library users.

There are over 8 programs like Next Steps across the state of Tennessee. You can find where all 8 are here: Libraries can work with one of these programs or high school special education programs to create work-based learning experiences for individuals.

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18 collections in digitization process


Melinda F. Brown

Librarian for Inclusion Initiatives; Gender & Sexuality Studies Librarian

Robert Rich

Library Assistant for Music

Sara Lee Burd

Project Archivist for the Lamar Alexander Papers