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

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November 28, 2009

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 […]

“Digital Natives” Diversifying Library Services

November 18, 2009

By: Jessica Morales Digital Native? Idaho has created or rather brought attention to the term “digital native”. As defined by the Idaho Commissions for Libraries (ICFL) a digital native is: “The generation growing up with computers and the internet since infancy.” The ICFL contracted a research group to determine the views that digital natives have […]

The Importance of Having a Diverse Staff

November 17, 2009

  By: Jessica Morales While researching for advantages to maintaining a diverse staff the following reasons became common to me as I saw them repeated in slight variations in different articles. A cultural staff would be beneficial in deciding service and materials for specific groups of library patrons Staff members who are bi-lingual can help […]

Diversity in Staff

November 16, 2009

By Jessica Morales Close your eyes and picture a librarian. What do you see? “Credentialed librarians are predominantly women ages 45-54 and white.” (“Diversity Research and Statistics,” June 13, 2008) In 2000, 89 percent of credentialed librarians selected white as their ethnicity while the U.S. census declared that 75.1 percent of the population was white. […]