Multiculturalism in Libraries

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A diverse nation from its beginnings, the United States is increasingly faced with the challenge of absorbing new immigrant groups and creating a tolerance for a plurality of cultures. As agencies known to preserve cultural heritage, libraries and their collections must be truly representative of the pluralistic populations they serve. This book overviews cultural diversity in libraries and helps redefine the nature of public and academic libraries in a multicultural society.

Throughout this volume, the authors note that librarians are searching for a more relevant cultural identity for their institutions by asking what the nature of librarianship is, what sort of a library do they work in, what sort of a library should they strive to create in the future, and what sort of a population does their library serve. To address these questions, this book provides an historical overview of the response of libraries to multiculturalism, education and research in multicultural librarianship, the impact of demographic trends on library patrons, and administrative concerns. Several case studies exemplify the discussion.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Context of Multiculturalism
5
The Case for Multiculturalism
7
The History of Multiculturalism in Libraries
23
Multiculturalism in Public Libraries
37
Multiculturalism in Academic Libraries
53
Administrative Services
75
Recruitment and Selection of a Diverse Staff
77
Education for Multicultural Librarianship
127
Things That Work Case Histories from the Three American Libraries
157
The California State Library
159
The University of Michigan
181
Lorain Public Library
193
Multiculturalism in Library and Information Science
205
Cultural Pluralism A Bibliographic Essay
207
Index
235

The Demography of Library Human Resources
93
Research on Multicultural Librarianship
101

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About the author (1994)

ROSEMARY RUHIG Du MONT is Dean of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University./ She is the author of Reform and Reaction: The Big City Public Library in American Life (Greenwood Press, 1977) and numerous articles.

LOIS BUTTLAR is Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. She has authored several books and articles.

WILLIAM CAYNON is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. He is the author of several articles.

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