ALA report on diversity in library profession

December 19, 2006

From the ALA website:

Diversity Counts – A National Study of Diversity in Library Workforce:
In October of 2006, the American Library Association (ALA) released “Diversity Counts,” a comprehensive study of gender, race and age in the library profession. The study was conducted by the ALA Office for Research & Statistics, ALA Office for Diversity and Decision Demographics, a research firm based in Arlington, Va. and confirms the need for continued recruitment of people of color. “This study is a call to action for the profession,” said ALA President-Elect Loriene Roy. “While we have made progress, the findings confirm the need to commit additional time and financial resources to recruit a more diverse workforce. If libraries are to remain relevant to all of our users, our staffs must reflect our country’s demographics.” Review the findings at www.ala.org/diversitycounts.


NCORE 2007 Conference

December 19, 2006

An FYI to those interested in higher education diversity issues–

From the NCORE website: http://ncore.ou.edu/index.html

“In 1988, The Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies launched the first Annual National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) to address the resurgence of racist incidents in higher education. Since its inception, NCORE has evolved into a vital national resource for higher education institutions, providing an annual multicultural forum that attracts Black/African Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Latino/as, and European Americans representing campuses across the United States.

The NCORE conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

NCORE is designed to provide a significant forum for discussion, critical dialogue, and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication, and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings.”

NCORE 2007 will be held in San Francisco, California from May 29 to June 2, 2007.