Diversity in Libraries
A blog for exploring and discussing the topics of diversity and multiculturalism in libraries.


By: Jessica Morales

The University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Department of Library and Information Studies held a summit this month. The focus was Information, Diversity, Engagement, Access and Libraries (iDEALS).

The Summit begins with an inspirational message of the importance of serving diverse communities. Then keynote speaker, ALA president, Camila Alire presents on the importance and implementation of diversity. The best thing is you can see it ALL on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8TbPx_0IF0 If you are unable to watch the entire summit make sure you catch the hot topic Q & A with Camila Alire.

Reference: http://www.uncg.edu/lis/about/ideals.html


2 Responses to “CHECK THIS OUT!”

  1. Thanks for sharing this Jessica. I thought it was an interesting video. I especially liked what Camila said about recruiting minority students and faculty in to MLIS programs. While it would be great to have more minority faculty members, the truth is anyone can be a role model to future students. What really draws students to the profession I feel are the experiences they have had in libraries and the librarians they have met who are passionate about their career. I also think we need to make this profession more visible. Faculty should be doing things like attending career fairs and giving presentations to classes of high school or undergraduate students. The more we show how passionate we are about our jobs and how great working in a library can be the more students, minorities included, will be interested in following this career path.

  2. Camila said that minority librarians are in the profession because they had a librarian that paid attention to them when they were younger or they worked as a page or other position at a college library. I agree that someone’s experiences with libraries and librarians will affect how they feel about this profession. This is probably true for most LIS students not just minority students. I like Margaret’s idea about educating high school and college students as to what librarians do. It’s true that librarians who show how passionate they are about their jobs may encourage more students into the profession. That is basically true of any profession. If I worked with librarians that didn’t care about the work they do I probably wouldn’t be too interested in becoming a librarian myself!

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