ERIC Number: ED233734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Task Force on Library and Information Service to Cultural Minorities. Hearings Held at the American Library Association Annual Conference, June 1981, San Francisco, California.
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.
The Task Force on Library and Information Services to Cultural Minorities was established to address the information needs of four major minority groups--American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, and Hispanic Americans. The proceedings of the Task Force's 1981 hearings include statements and written testimony from 24 librarians, library administrators, educators, and others with experience in establishing and providing library services to minorities. Topics addressed by the participants include acquiring and cataloging of Asian language materials; employing a specialist concerned with minority library service at each state library; funding cuts that undermine library service in minority communities; eliminating discriminatory practices as reflected in the disproportionate staffing, materials, budgets, and services in the minority communities; addressing the needs of the information-poor minorities; eliminating the suppression of vital information for minority communities; avoiding the charging of fees for information which creates barriers for minorities; providing information technology to minorities; acquiring Afro-American, Asian, and Spanish materials; training librarians to work in minority communities; developing networks of minority collections; securing grants for ethnic collections; strengthening school library services for minorities; training school library personnel to become sensitive to the needs of minority children; strengthening American Indian library services; strengthening academic library services to minorities; procuring adequate funding; and developing alternative library structures for minority communities. (ESR)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Information Technology; Library Funding; Library Users; User Needs