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ERIC Number: EJ875982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0024-2519
Increasing Ethnic Diversity in LIS: Strategies Suggested by Librarians of Color
Kim, Kyung-Sun; Sin, Sei-Ching Joanna
Library Quarterly, v78 n2 p153-177 Apr 2008
The proportion of ethnic minorities in the LIS school student population has remained significantly lower than in the U.S. population: in 2002, ethnic minorities constituted only 11.3 percent of the LIS student population, compared to 31.3 percent of the U.S. population. Despite efforts by LIS schools and associations in recruiting and retaining more students of color, the underrepresentation of ethnic minorities continues. This study aimed at assessing what LIS schools and other library and information professional associations have done for the recruitment and retention of students of color and identifying effective strategies for the recruitment and retention from the perspective of librarians of color. A nationwide, Web-based survey was conducted to collect input from librarians of color who already have experience with LIS schools and the librarianship. Based on the findings, suggestions were made to improve the recruitment and retention of students of color, which will ultimately contribute to the ethnic/cultural diversity in librarianship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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