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ERIC Number: ED402948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-25
Pages: 51
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Planning for a Diverse Workforce in Library and Information Science Professions. Revised Edition.
McCook, Kathleen de la Pena; And Others
In spite of a commitment to diversify and recruitment initiatives to attract people of color, the number of new librarians that enter the workforce each year do not reflect the diversity of the U.S. population. It is important that diversity initiatives now being planned have accurate baseline data on which to build strategies. This report examines statistical information reported to the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) to provide a commonly understood set of data, or baseline information for planning more focused minority recruitment. Data from the"Students" and "Faculty" sections of the ALISE annual statistics for American Library Association-accredited United States programs are used in this report. Ten tables present statistics. Table 1 shows that the 1994-95 total number and percent of minority entrants to the profession are up from ten years ago. Table 2 compares Library and Information Science graduation rates from 1984-85 to 1994-95 with the distribution of minority groups in the United States. Table 3 ranks schools reporting ALISE data for 1994-95 graduates to identify total minority graduation rates. Tables 4-7 provide data for the base year 1984-85, 1992-93, 1993-94, and 1994-95, respectively; schools reporting more than 5% for any minority group in each year are highlighted. Table 8 shows that the faculty continue to be overwhelmingly white. Table 9 provides data on doctorates awarded in 1995. The ethnicity of the United States population at large, new master's graduates, new Ph.D.s and the faculty overall are shown in Table 10. Comments from the 21 universities who responded to the 1996 minority recruitment survey are appended. (Contains 16 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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