Diversity & Minority Recruitment
- Adkins, Denice. "Latino Librarians on Becoming LIS
Educators: An Exploratory Investigation of the Barriers in Recruiting
Latino Faculty." Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 45, no. 2 (Spring 2004): 149-61.
and Information Science (LIS) schools have produced a limited number of
Latino masters in library science (MLS) graduates, but they have not
attracted them back to pursue doctoral studies and teaching positions.
Using a semi-structured interview technique, eight "expert" Latino
librarians were interviewed for their perspectives on the barriers
preventing Latino LIS professionals from pursuing positions as LIS
faculty. This exploratory investigation identifies four specific
barriers which are perceived as contributing to the lack of Latino LIS
faculty: isolation from the academy, ethnocentrism within LIS education,
financial concerns, and personal concerns. (Library Literature)
- Adkins, Denice, and Isabel Espinal. "The Diversity Mandate." Library Journal 129, no. 7 (April 15, 2004): 52-4.
there has been a slight increase in the number of graduates of color
from U.S. library and information studies programs, much remains to be
done before the library profession is as diverse as the general
population. This lack of diversity impacts on the people libraries
serve--when people of color do not see themselves represented in
libraries, they may not approach the librarians and may not even
approach the library. The solution to such problems is to recruit more
people of color into the library profession. (Library Literature)
- The American Library Association's Office for Diversity website. Available at http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity.
on consulting and training services can be found on the main page, but
the "Student Resources" link is especially useful, containing
information on library programs, scholarships, and internships. (ALA web
- American Library Association:
Office of Research and Statistics. "Diversity Counts.” January 2007. http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity/diversitycounts/divcounts.
A seminal report about the state of diversity in the library profession.
- The Association of Research Libraries Diversity Programs. Available at http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment.
on the diversity programs led by ARL, including the Initiative to
Recruit a Diverse Workforce, the Career Enhancement Program, and the
Leadership & Career Development Program.
- Grady, Jenifer, and Tracie Hall. "The World Is Changing: Why Aren’t We? Recruiting Minorities to Librarianship." Library Worklife 1, no. 4.
- Kniffel, Leonard. "Don't Wait for White Men to Step Aside: Recruiting Minority Librarians." American Libraries 33, no. 6 (June/July 2002): 46.
writer urges minority librarians not to wait for white men to step
aside to achieve positions of power. He contends that white men are not
going to give up their power and suggests that it is unreasonable to
expect them to do so. He advises minority librarians to prepare
themselves to obtain power and to use that power wisely and calls on
those mentoring potential minority librarians to stress the benefits of
investing two extra years in college rather than talk about white men
relinquishing power. (Library Literature)
- Lance, Keith Curry. "Racial and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Library Workers." American Libraries 36, no. 5 (May 2005): 41-3.
discussion of diversity in the library workforce should be based on the
racial and ethnic composition of the adult population over the age of
25 and the subset of that population with an appropriate level of
educational attainment to work as librarians or library assistants. The
data suggest that the challenges faced by libraries in seeking to
recruit a diverse workforce are related to the time and money costs of
acquiring a master's level degree rather than the field of librarianship
itself. (Library Literature)
- Neely, Teresa,
and Lorna Peterson. "Achieving Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Academic and
Research Librarians. College & Research
Libraries News (October 2007): 562-565.
- Perry, Emma Bradford. "Let Recruitment Begin with Me." American Libraries 35, no. 5 (May 2004): 36-38.
joint recruitment effort of Southern University (SU) and Louisiana
State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has resulted in almost
100 African-American students earning their master's in library and
information science (MLIS) degrees at LSU's library school since 1990
and allowed more than a dozen staff at SU's John B. Cade Library to
obtain their MLIS. This initiative involves encouraging library staff to
pursue an MLIS degree, mentoring library and information science
students, and providing financial support to students when necessary. (Library Literature)
- Revels, Ira, LeRoy LaFleur, and Ida Martinez. "Taking
Library Recruitment a Step Closer: Recruiting the Next Generation of
Librarians." The Reference Librarian no. 82 (2003): 157-69.
the summer of 2002, Cornell University Library implemented the Cornell
University Library Junior Fellows Program--an initiative aimed at
introducing high school students of color to academic libraries and
librarianship. The six-week program was developed in response to the
need for innovative approaches to the recruitment and retention of
people of color to the academic library profession. Additionally, the
program sought to support the academic achievement of minority students
through involvement in research and technology training opportunities.
This paper outlines the program's curriculum, performance outcomes, and
challenges, and includes discussion of the need for similar programs or
initiatives to be designed and implemented at other libraries. (Library Literature)
- Spencer, R. E. L. "Saying Something About Race: Models for Minority Recruitment." American Libraries 33, no. 7 (August 2002): 54.
number of strategies for recruiting persons of color to the library
profession have been put in place at Indiana University's School of
Library and Information Science in Bloomington. The strategies involve
selecting a focus for recruitment efforts, initiating conversations with
relevant groups, meeting or reconnecting with campus units that support
minority students, expanding invitations to demonstrate commitment to
minority recruitment, and gathering resources on services that aid
minority students. (Library Literature)
- Verny, Carol. "Ohio Goes Recruiting for Minority Librarians." American Libraries 33, no. 7 (August 2002): 52-5.
Ohio Library Council has produced two videos in response to the growing
need to recruit minority librarians. Me? A Librarian? was aimed at
young adults and attempted to address the traditional stereotypes of
librarianship and to portray the diversity of the profession, while
Looking for Leaders in the Information Age was created to cater for
those seeking a similar product but for an older audience. Both videos
were produced with the assistance of Library Services and Technology Act
grants from the State Library of Ohio. (Library Literature)
- Webster, Linwood. "The Missing Minority
Presence--Minorities, Technology, and Recruitment to Top Ranked American
Library Association Information and Library Science Programs." M.S.I.S.
thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002.
- Winston, Mark D. "Diversity, More than Just a Blip." College & Research Libraries 62, no. 1 (January 2001): 6-8.
it is an articulated priority of the academic library community,
academic librarians have not always been successful in fostering
diversity. Diversity has become something to compete on and to be proud
of, so college and university libraries and graduate programs in library
and information science should become leaders in diversity in the
academic environment and in the preparation of graduates for employers
who are competing in relation to diversity. (Library Literature)