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Introduction
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On April 3rd and 4th, 2000, The Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium sponsored "Diversity Now: People, Collections, and Services in Academic Libraries."1 This conference was modeled after and continues the tradition of the "Challenge to Change" diversity conference held at Pennsylvania State University Libraries 1998.2 Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, the conference sought to bring together best practices in diversity in academic libraries in the areas of people, collections, and services. More than fifty contributed papers, panel discussions, table talks and poster sessions were represented, as well as keynote speeches by five outstanding leaders from library education, university administration, and American jurisprudence.