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Librarians Serving Diverse Populations: Challenges & Opportunities (ACRL Publications in Librarianship #62)
Lori Mestre for ACRL
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8512-0
Publisher: ACRL
Price: $54.00
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232 pages
6” x 9”
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8512-0
Year Published: 2010
AP Categories: L, P

Librarians Serving Diverse Populations (PIL #62) is a qualitative and quantitative assessment and research study of the paths and experiences of librarians whose duties include serving diverse cultures. Through surveys, interviews, and evaluation of documents, the author explores issues and challenges raised by the results of the research study. Mestre provides recommendations for improvements to curricula and training at Library Schools, for libraries seeking someone to fill positions such as diversity librarian positions, for follow-up training and support after librarians are hired and for how to strengthen diversity efforts. Also included are two chapters that provide guidance for getting started as a liaison for diversity and cross-cultural efforts in academic libraries. This book is the first such research study in academic librarianship.
Table of Contents

1          CHAPTER ONE: Who are Multicultural Librarians?
16        CHAPTER TWO: Job Preparation for Librarians Working with Diverse Cultures
26        CHAPTER THREE: Hiring Challenges
50        CHAPTER FOUR: The Realities of This Position
75        CHAPTER FIVE: Getting Started
98        CHAPTER SIX: Organization and Management of Multicultural Services
111      CHAPTER SEVEN: Staff Training and Library Orientation Programs
123      CHAPTER EIGHT: Library School Curriculum Reform and Diversity
137      CHAPTER NINE: Next Steps:  How to Strengthen Diversity Efforts
148      CHAPTER TEN: Resources
            177      APPENDIX A
            186      APPENDIX B
            190      APPENDIX C
            191      APPENDIX D
            194      APPENDIX E
205         INDEX
About the Author

Dr. Lori Mestre is Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also Head of the Undergraduate Library and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She received her M.L.S. at the University of South Florida and her doctorate in Language, Culture and Curriculum at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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