Minority Male Librarians


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  • 'Minority' Male Librarians
  • The background of the problem: Technology has changed the image and negative stereotypes of librarians, 'Minority' Male Librarians
  • 'Minority' Male Librarians
  • Minority Male Librarians

    1. 1. Presentation 'Minority' Male Librarians: The impact of technology on the image and presence of 'minority' male librarians. By: Errol A. Adams Fall 2009 (11/23/09) Professor: Dr. Vorbach LIS239 Arthur A. Schomburg 1874-1938 In 1911, co-founded the Negro Society for Historical Research. Between 1931 and 1932 Schomburg served as Curator of the Negro Collection at the library of Fisk University.
    2. 2. <ul><li>Number of Credentialed Librarians by Race — Total 109,958* </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Credentialed Librarians by Race and Sex: </li></ul><ul><li>MALES — Total 19,463* </li></ul>“ The B l ack Male Librarian... An Endangered Species.” Errol Adams, LIS 239 * Diversity Counts Office for Research and Statistics Office for Diversity — Table 1: Number of Credentialed Librarians by Characteristic, 2000
    3. 3. ‘ Minority’ Male Librarians: The impact of the technology revolution on the presence of ‘minority’ male librarians. (“MMLs”) <ul><li>Minorities : American, Latinos/Hispanics, Native American, Asian, and South Asian. (Focus=African Americans). </li></ul><ul><li>Technology : Web design & development, wikis, blogs, presentation software, instant messaging & digitalization </li></ul><ul><li>MMLs are becoming extinct in libraries: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The library profession is “feminized.” (neg. stereotypes, gender, race & status) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The demographics in the population </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The use of technology differs within each specific minority groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Initiatives for Recruitment & Retention of MMLs : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarships/Grants -focus on technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Associations - focus on technology for minorities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty – minority faculty who are fully technically trained </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting technology – Mentors, advertisements and events </li></ul></ul></ul>Errol Adams, LIS 239
    4. 4. Most Relevant Literature: “ African American Male Librarian: Motivational Factors in Choosing a Career in Library and Information Science “(Davis-Kendrick, 2009) <ul><li>Focused on African Americans and factors that lead to librarian study including the “male advantage i.e. men have better leadership qualities...” </li></ul><ul><li>Does not indicate technology as a significant motivational factor but keeping up with technology is important. </li></ul><ul><li>Most respondents were not bothered by the negative stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>“ Being technologically oriented was the least bothersome” – indicating that technology maybe a major factor to influence them. </li></ul>Errol Adams, LIS 239
    5. 5. Methodology <ul><li>Via several listservs and library associations: </li></ul><ul><li>Instrument divided into sections, including: </li></ul><ul><li>Personal characteristics & educational background (81% indicated scholarships were important, but no mention of technology) </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure & recruitment to LIS (71% worked in a library prior to study; recruited after college) </li></ul><ul><li>Career choice and profile (40% enjoyed technology </li></ul><ul><li>Open ended questions (limited by characters) </li></ul>Errol Adams, LIS 239
    6. 6. Research Design <ul><li>Will follow the aforementioned methodology but with a focus on the technological aspects and a separation of the various minority groups as relates to technology within their respective demographic. </li></ul><ul><li>Will contribute to the library profession by ensuring that the librarians serving specific demographics more resemble the ethic and racial characteristic of that demographic </li></ul><ul><li>Set the foundation for additional studies as pertains to each racial and ethic groups of male minorities and the effect of gender on the creation and utility of technology </li></ul>Errol Adams, LIS 239
    7. 7. References <ul><li>Davis-Kendrick, Kaetrena D., (2009, Jan-Jun). The African American Male Librarian: Motvational factors in choosing a Career in Library and Information Science. i Behavioral & Social Sciences , Vol. 28 Issue 1/2, 23-52Retrieved on Oct. 19, 2009, from City University of New York’s, John Jay College of Criminal Justice's EBSCOHOST EJS database. </li></ul><ul><li>Jefferson, Jr. Julius C. (Oct 2008.) BCALA’s President’s Program, Presentation “The Black Male Librarian …An Endangered Species” retrieved on November 7, 2009, from http://www.kylibasn.org/docs/BlackMaleLibrarian.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>NPR News, The Bryant Park Project, Endangered Species: retrieved on November 7, 2009, from http://tinyurl.com/ybdzjth </li></ul>Errol Adams, LIS 239