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Strategies for Diversity Initiatives: A Case Study at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries

Strategies for Diversity Initiatives: A Case Study at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
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Author(s): Toni Anaya (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA), Charlene Maxey-Harris (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA) and Anchalee Panigabutra-Roberts (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 16
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.ch003

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Abstract

In the state of Nebraska, where the population is 90% white, recruiting people of color to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is challenging. Needless to say, intentional efforts are made to recruit and retain librarians and other information professionals. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries has brought together a team of librarians to focus on one of the university’s core values--diversity. This team of librarians from public services, technical services and library administration share responsibility in planning and implementing the Libraries’ diversity initiatives. This chapter will discuss the recruitment and retention efforts of the Libraries and the evolution of the team that has increased the number of librarians from underrepresented populations at University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2.6% in 1999 to 12.2% in 2009.

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