Promoting Diversity to Add Value to the LIS Profession

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Michael Crumpton, Dean (Creator)
Gerald V. Holmes, Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: PurposeThe purpose of this article is to discuss the impact the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s (UNCG) Library and Information Studies Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars Program has had on promoting diversity and adding value to the library and information studies profession.Design/methodology/approachThis article is presented as a case study in which three iterations of the ACE Scholars Program are discussed, including program design and suggested impact the program has had on educating and engaging diverse individuals for careers in the library and information studies professions.FindingsNearly 50 ACE Scholars program participants, representing ethnically, racially, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds, have graduated from UNCG with their MLIS degrees since 2011. In the five years since the first ACE cohort graduated, Scholar alums continue to impact the LIS profession through their professional roles as well as through their community engagement, professional association memberships and leadership roles, professional presentations, and numerous publications.Originality/valueThis article presents a model that has helped to promote diversity in the LIS field in way that can be adapted by other graduate programs that are preparing individuals for successful and engaged careers as library and information studies professionals.

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Language: English
Date: 2016
MLIS degree, LIS education, diversity, academic librarianship, community college librarianship

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