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Librarians for Tomorrow at the San José Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Joint Library

Librarians for Tomorrow at the San José Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Joint Library
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Author(s): Yuhfen Diana Wu (Chinese American Librarians Association, China), Peggy Cabrera (San José State University, USA) and Jeff Paul (San José State University, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 21
Source title: Recruitment, Development, and Retention of Information Professionals: Trends in Human Resources and Knowledge Management
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Elisabeth Pankl (Kansas State University, USA), Danielle Theiss-White (Kansas State University, USA) and Mary C. Bushing (Library Consultant, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-601-8.ch004

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Abstract

Recruitment initiatives at San José State University date back over a decade. SJSU and local librarians and faculty from the School of Library and Information Science and local libraries have been partnering with professional organizations by sponsoring recruitment fairs, ice cream socials and other gatherings at SJSU and in the broader communities to recruit individuals to attend library school. This paper provides a review of the literature regarding recruitment and retention of students of color in library schools. Also included is a review of the factors that lead to the decision to become a librarian. It provides a description of the IMLS Librarians for Tomorrow Program at San José State University. Challenges and recommendations for future study followed.

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