In my previous post, I discussed a film we had seen regarding librarianship as a profession in 1947. In that post I briefly mentioned the lack of diversity within the information professional workforce. While writing that entry I came across this blog by Mr. Library Dude. He discusses the lack of diversity found within the workforce in America. I wanted to see if this may also be true in Canada.
White or Lego yellow?
While researching I came across this article by Mary Kandiuk, that highlights this issue of lack of diversity within the Canadian Academic Libraries as well. Specifically they mention that only 7% of academic librarians are visible minorities.
Both these articles lead to some interesting question posed by the authors regarding LIS as a profession. Is there not enough recruitment of people that are ethnically diverse? Why does librarianship not attract as many minorities? Is there a lack of promoting and mentorship?
This issue is one of concern. When considering recruitment of a professional workforce it is important that it is reflective of the community it serves. By having librarians that speak the languages that are prominent in their community; by knowing what the needs (programs, services, collection) of that minority group within their community are and how to meet them; libraries may in turn be better able to serve their community.