Lori Mestre is an Associate Professor of Library Administration and the Head of the Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to her M.A.L.S. degree, she has a doctorate specializing in language, culture and curriculum and has devoted the last 15 years to exploring the intersection between multicultural librarianship and online learning environments that best reflect the diverse needs of students.
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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.
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