Barbara Dewey and Loretta Parham join 50 other librarians, including Tracie Hall, Emma Bradford Perry, and Hannelore B. Rader, to explore one of the major issues facing the profession - diversity. This innovative guide explores how librarians can ensure that their services, staff, and collections truly reflect our multicultural society. Chapters cover strategic planning; recruiting and retaining minorities; reaching out to new users; marketing to underrepresented populations; building collections for marginalized groups; overcoming the digital divide; assessment; and other important topics. The contributors provide numerous forms and documents including library diversity plans; residency and intern job descriptions; recruitment materials; programming plans and documents; and Web resources. With guidance drawn from real experience in public and academic libraries, this unique guide will help make diversity a reality in libraries.
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This guide offers a compilation of writings by more than 50 librarians based on experiences in public and academic libraries. The writings are grounded in practical approaches to provide reality-based strategies. The manual consists of three parts: "How to Create a Successful Diversity Plan," "How to Recruit and Retain a Diverse Workforce," and "How to Improve Diversity through Services, Collections, and Collaborations." Chapters covers such topics as strategic planning, reaching out to new users, and overcoming the digital divide. The volume concludes with samples of successful diversity documents. Illustrations include examples of materials from programs aimed at promoting diversity. This practical manual will help librarians achieve diversity in services, staff, and collections. Patricia Hogan
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"A formidable contribution to the profession..." --Tarshel Beards, Program Coordinator, AA Office for Diversity
"This is a first, a manual on how to achieve diversity directed at librarians. This practical guide provides examples of planning, assessing, and implementing programs and services centered on diversity...Through this work, the progress of and efforts toward diversity in libraries as validated, affirmed, and documented." --Portal: Libraries and the Academy
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