I have a gift for picking despised professional niches. I used to run institutional repositories, and if there’s a niche in academic librarianship more despised than that, I’m honestly not sure what it might be. From the frying pan into the fire—now I teach library school. If nothing else, I’ve greatly expanded the universe of librarians and archivists who despise my work!
In honor of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2012 (JCLC), which began yesterday in Kansas City, MO, LJ caught up with Co-Chairs and the Program Chair of the Conference to hear their views on some of the challenges facing librarians of color today. Haipeng Li, University Librarian at the Hong Kong Baptist University, [...]
When Luis Chaparro said that the American Library Association can do more to promote diversity, seven nearby heads nodded in unison. “The profession, and ALA in particular, needs to work a little bit harder to bring in more minorities,” Chaparro, the head librarian at Valle Verde Library in El Paso, TX, and a past president [...]