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Out of Sight, out of mind: where are the librarians of color? In this session the second cohort of Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars facilitate a dialogue on diversity issues that impact equity and inclusivity in the library and information field and services. Four diversity issues will be introduced through “ignite”presentations, during which experiences, perspectives, challenges and strategies and best practices related to the issues will be discussed, and will conclude with group summaries of strategies. Using a critical lens and in conversation with these recent MLIS graduates (16-20), diversity concerns and barriers in the profession will be uncovered. This proposed session is an exercise in collaborative learning and in connecting theory and practice around diversity and libraries. - Rachel A Smith, ACE scholar

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Out of Sight, out of mind: where are the librarians of color?

  1. 1. Out of Sight, Out of Mind:Where are the Librarians ofColor?Rachel A. Smith, MLISPresenterContributions by Fellow UNCG ACE Scholars:Cortney Barnes, MLIS; Ronunda Claiborne, MLIS;Jewel Davis, MA, MLIS; and Jennifer Patterson, MLIS
  2. 2. You Want to be WHAT!?Cortney Barnes, MLIS
  3. 3. Librarian stereotypes still exist and arecommonly accepted by the masses.Librarianship is not a well known careerpath.
  4. 4. What to Do?Advocate for Always PushWhat We Do for Diversity
  5. 5. Top 3 Occupations for African AmericansUS Department of Labor25.4%Service
  6. 6. Top 3 Occupations for Asian AmericansUS Department of Labor30.8%Professional
  7. 7. Top 3 Occupations for Latino AmericansUS Department of Labor21.2%Sales
  8. 8. The Breakdown
  9. 9. 30.8%(2000)36.3%(2010)
  10. 10. LibrarianshipNavyCommunicationMSTeacherWomenStudies &English/Ed.LiteracyTheatre
  11. 11. Recent & Upcoming ProjectsSelecting materials forstudent tests throughoutstate of North CarolinaLibrary Student JournalMarketing ManagerEngaging the LIS studentcommunity nationallyWorking at CharlotteHawkins Brownfestivals andreaching out to citizensOrganizing a careerprogram withlocal area highschoolsAssociation of ResearchLibraries CEP DiversityFellowship at theUniversity of Arizona Libraries
  12. 12. ACADEMIC
  14. 14. Attributions••••••••••••••••