This forum will identify critical issues in the recruitment and retention of minority librarians and serve as a springboard for ideas to effectively improve these concerns. Participants will be from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds to ensure diversity. This will allow different ideas and views to be presented during the conference for well-rounded discussion and input regarding strategies to improve diversity representation in the field.
The outcomes of this forum will include a white paper of the forum proceedings as well as give birth to potential new strategies to improve minority representation in the field. Potentially, the strategies could also be turned into ideas for new research or a national action plan which could add and improve initiatives for recruitment and retention. The forum has the potential to transform how diversity is implemented so that the importance and contributions of minority librarians can be recognized and librarians can truly begin to represent the communities which we serve. In all types of libraries this is necessary, but it is crucial in public and academic libraries. In these areas, patrons want to see themselves represented at the help desk to get assistance from those who they feel may understand their concerns or are able to address their information seeking needs.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant RE-98-17-0099-17.
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