Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success


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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.63 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author

Shannon D. Jones' (pronouns: she/her/hers) career in libraries spans 20 years. She is the director of libraries for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Prior to her arrival at MUSC, Jones was the associate director for research and education at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. Shannon received her MLS from North Carolina Central University (NCCU). In addition to the MLS, Shannon also holds a BA in English from North Carolina State University, a MIS from NCCU, and a MEd in adult learning from VCU. Beverly Murphy (pronouns: she/her/hers) has been a librarian for 38 years and holds a BS in biology and an MLS from North Carolina Central University. She is the assistant director for communications and web content management at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives. She is also the hospital nursing liaison for the Duke Health System and liaison for the Watts School of Nursing. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has served in several capacities for the Medical Library Association including service as the first African-American president.


Timely and necessary, Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success pushes LIS practitioners to move beyond just talking about diversity and inclusion in libraries. With a mixture of historical perspectives, proactive strategies, and first-person experiences, this compilation provides both impetus and support for action.--Kawanna Bright, PhD, MLIS, assistant professor, Library Science, East Carolina University
The contributions to this book highlight and deepen the conversation with new and necessary voices in sharing the achievements and experiences made by marginalized people in librarianship. It is an important primer, a guide, if you will, for creating action and enacting change in examining equity, diversity, and inclusion.--Derrick Jefferson, communication librarian, American University
Jones and Murphy's collection provides entry for those new to theories and concepts in diversity and inclusion work--concepts such as micro-aggression (discussed by Nicole Cooke and Miriam Sweeney). For the benefit of readers already familiar with such work, contributors introduce recent concepts, e.g., cultural humility (discussed by Kenyon Railey). The editors divide the 20 essays into three sections: "Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter," "Equipping the Library Staff," and "Voices from the Field." One this book's strengths is that it mixes history and theory with practical applications that can be implemented immediately to combat structural inequalities in libraries. Among those strategies is diversity inventories, addressed by Jerry Perry et al. The affecting narratives in part 3 uniquely demonstrate the painful effects, both personal and professional, of discrimination against librarians in underrepresented groups--black, Latinx, and disabled. The publication is geared to a broad audience, but the book should be required reading for library administrators. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals.--CHOICE
Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries champions marginalized individuals by shining a great big light on what they are experiencing and what is being done within the profession.--Public Services Quarterly