New From ACRL – “Librarians Serving Diverse Populations”

Librarians Serving Diverse PopulationsACRL is pleased to announce the publication of a new title, Librarians Serving Diverse Populations. Written by Lori Mestre, associate professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Librarians Serving Diverse Populations is a qualitative and quantitative assessment and research study examining the paths and experiences of librarians whose duties include serving diverse cultures. Through surveys, interviews and evaluation of documents, Mestre explores issues and challenges related to the duties and responsibilities of multicultural librarians. The title sheds light on the challenges faced in serving diverse population, including the organization and management of diversity services.

This groundbreaking study of diversity librarianship in academic libraries offers recommendations for libraries seeking to fill diversity librarian positions, provide follow-up training and support after hiring new librarians and strengthen diversity efforts. Also included are two chapters providing guidance for academic librarians getting started as a liaison for diversity and cross-cultural efforts. Mestre additionally provides suggestions for improvements to curricula and training in library and information science programs.

Purchase Librarians Serving Diverse Populations through the ALA Online Store, by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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