Recruiting for diversity: Strategies for twenty-first century research librarianship

Barbara Dewey, Jillian Keally

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Purpose - The paper aims to focus on organizational and institutional strategies, including a case study from the University of Tennessee, concerned with recruiting librarians from diverse backgrounds. Design/methodology/approach - Programs from the Association for Research Libraries, the American Library Association, OCLC, and IFLA for recruiting librarians from diverse backgrounds are reviewed. An in-depth case study of the University of Tennessee Diversity Libraries Residency Program is included to provide a detailed example of a successful program and its contributions locally and to the research library field. Findings - The paper provides strategies and a catalyst for other organizations and institutions to develop robust recruitment programs for a diverse workforce in academic libraries. Originality/value - Thi spaper lays out strategies for robust diversity recruiting activities at the organizational and institutional level using the University of Tennessee's experiences as a basis for discussion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-629
Number of pages8
JournalLibrary Hi Tech
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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