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ERIC Number: EJ896126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
Creating Inclusive Communities: Diversity and the Responses of Academic Libraries
Welburn, William C.
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v10 n3 p355-363 Jul 2010
This article discusses how college libraries responded to the call of eliminating discrimination and social inequality in campuses where students of color are present. In the late 1960s, many college and university libraries responded to student and faculty demands to broaden the curriculum and opportunities for scholarship by aggressively evaluating and strengthening collections. These initiatives often addressed perceived gaps in collections or corresponded with new program initiatives in race, ethnic, and gender studies and revisions to the canons of traditional disciplines. Today, access to primary and secondary resources and the preservation of information in print and digital formats constitute a significant advancement in prospects for libraries to shape their responses to campus diversity initiatives. Access to and preservation of resources that document diverse cultures and communities have created many openings for new streams of scholarship, reflecting interests in race and ethnicity, gender and women's issues, LGBT studies, studies of the cultures of disability, and groundbreaking studies of migration and diasporas. The evolution of support to students remains one of the remarkable changes in library practices during the past 40 years. (Contains 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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