ERIC Number: ED120312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Narrative Evaluation Report on the Institute for: Ethnicity and Librarianship.
This national library training institute examines the concept of ethnicity in its relation to librarianship, and deals with the major ethnic groups in addition to the traditional minorities. Sharp differences are noted among the various groups that attended the three-week intensive institute. There is a reluctance to accept the complaints of the white ethnics as substantial when compared with the racism and prejudice forced by blacks and other minorities. While it is felt that the evaluation of materials and the design of services to the community require considerable input from librarians with related ethnic backgrounds, it is generally agreed that the professional librarian has considerable responsibility for collection building and programming in tune with the ethnic composition of the community. A concensus concerning the need for annual institutes to cope with the complex problems of minority groups as potential library patrons is noted, along with an equal concensus that for the future, there should be greater emphasis placed upon using the materials more effectively, especially in a white suburban setting. One of the major conclusions was that ethnicity is a complex concept that needs further exploration especially in relation to professionals working in academic and public libraries. The body of the report elaborates in great detail the highlights listed above as well as others. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Influences, Ethnic Groups, Institutes (Training Programs), Librarians, Library Instruction, Library Materials, Library Planning, Library Role, Library Services, Minority Groups, Racial Characteristics, Study Facilities, Summative Evaluation, Summer Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Flushing, NY. Queens Coll. Library Science Dept.
Note: Based on Proceedings of Institute on Ethnicity and Librarianship (Queens College, CUNY, New York, N.Y., July 7-25, 1975); Some pages may be of marginal legibility due to poor reproducibility of original document