The Reckoning Initiative at the University Libraries

The University Libraries’ Reckoning Initiative represents a commitment to go beyond a mere focus on diversity and instead to use equity, inclusion and social justice as a lens for all our work. This page points to a selection of current and recent Reckoning projects at the University Libraries, as well as news and updates related to the initiative. Learn more by reading the Library’s full Reckoning Initiative Framework.


Racial equity syllabus focused on libraries and archives. Developed for our staff’s internal 21-day racial equity challenge, but with broad relevance for library and archival work.

Resources, research guides, and exhibits related to the history and controversy of Carolina’s built environment, including the 1913 Confederate monument.

Mellon-grant-funded project to support historically underrepresented history keepers in telling, sharing, and preserving their stories.

Library-wide effort to correct injustices in the way language is used in archives and special collections.

Internally-funded program to support inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility work by University Libraries staff.

Council leading library efforts in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

Text-mining project to discover Jim Crow laws in NC between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement (1865-1968).

Call to action challenging library staff to engage, act, and reflect on race and racial equity in our lives and in our work.

News and Updates

UNC-Chapel Hill joins project to investigate slavery and U.S. universities through archival records

On These Grounds tests a shared database that highlights the lived experiences of enslaved people at and around American universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill.Read more ›  
Paper money bills

Fewer fines, longer loans beginning August 15

Policy changes ease burden of late booksRead more ›  
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Q&A with archivist Chaitra Powell about community-driven archives

The Southern Historical Collection has completed a four-year grant exploring ways to build archives in partnership with communities.Read more ›  
Girl looking at the new Community Driven Archives website on a laptop

New toolkit from University Libraries helps communities tell their stories

Charting New Courses in Community-Driven Archives culminates a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Southern Historical Collection.Read more ›  
"University Libraries Reckoning Initiative" written over image of Wilson Library

Library launches Reckoning Initiative to advance equity, inclusion and antiracism

New framework and website implement 2020 call to action by University Librarian Elaine L. WestbrooksRead more ›  
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