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dc.creatorVinopal, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-01T15:56:05Z
dc.date.available2018-04-01T15:56:05Z
dc.date.issued2016-01-13
dc.identifier.citationVinopal, Jennifer. 2016. “The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action.” In the Library with the Lead Pipe, January. http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2016/quest-for-diversity/.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1944-6195
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1811/84155
dc.description.abstractDespite our ongoing quest for diversity and a growing number of initiatives to increase it, the demographics of the professional librarian population haven’t changed in any significant way. We are starkly lacking in diversity based on race and ethnicity (we are overwhelmingly white), age (librarianship is an aging profession), disability, economic status, educational background, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other demographic and identity markers of difference. This lack of diversity should be seen as a signal, an invitation to us to look critically at our culture, our practices, and our assumptions, and investigate what it is about ourselves and our profession that is preventing underrepresented people from being able to, or even wanting to, enter and stay. We need an awareness of how privilege, bias, and the attendant power differentials and oppression play out at the individual and the systemic levels of our profession. And we must consider how these affect the experiences of underrepresented and marginalized people within our dominant (white, heterosexual, cisgender, and patriarchal) culture. In this article I consider the meaning of diversity in librarianship. Then, using the ClimateQUAL Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment as an example, I analyze the potential problems with our data collection and analysis related to diversity and organizational culture. I conclude by suggesting some practical steps for library leadership and by identifying future directions for research.en_US
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dc.publisherIn The Library With The Lead Pipeen_US
dc.rightsAll content posted on In the Library with the Lead Pipe, including comments, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectDiversityen_US
dc.subjectInclusionen_US
dc.subjectBiasen_US
dc.subjectRacismen_US
dc.subjectLibrariesen_US
dc.subjectWhitenessen_US
dc.subjectRepresentationen_US
dc.subjectInstitutional racismen_US
dc.subjectIdentityen_US
dc.titleThe Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Actionen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
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dc.type.genreArticleen_US
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