Susan A. Vega García
Role in the ISU ADVANCE Program
Equity Advisor for University Library
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) professional development in research libraries; DEI library resources, including race and ethnic studies, women’s and gender studies; effective online information literacy and library research instruction; peer evaluation of online teaching
I am a research librarian, faculty member, Assistant Dean for Inclusion and Equity, and former Head of Instruction at Iowa State University Library. My research interests include DEI in research libraries, especially professional development initiatives at predominantly white institutions (PWIs); teaching improvement in online information literacy courses; student success in online library research environments; assessment of DEI collections in research libraries.
Motivations for Being a Part of ISU ADVANCE
Serving as the University Library’s Equity Advisor positions me to raise awareness, advocate for and advance best practices for more inclusive searches, hiring processes, and retention strategies toward the Library’s goal of recruiting and retaining a more diverse workforce.
Greatest ISU ADVANCE Achievement/Proud Moment/Contribution
I joined the Equity Advisor team in Fall 2019. While the University Library no longer hires librarians into faculty rank positions, following ISU ADVANCE recommendations for faculty search processes has been a useful model for the Library to adapt. It is possible that other campus units whose staff are primarily non-faculty may also benefit from the ADVANCE model, as achieving greater diversity, equity, and inclusion is relevant to all employee classifications across campus. My collaborations with Dr. Jordan and the team of Equity Advisors are exploring ways to make the faculty model more inclusive of P&S recruitment and retention needs.