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  1. Project to Recruit the Next Generation of Librarians 2005, the First Year Linda Fisher, IUSB Laura Bayard, ND ILF District 1 Conference Tuesday, 4 Oct. 2005 Century Center, South Bend, IN

  2. Presentation Overview • Rationale for diversity recruiting • Description of IMLS grant project • What we learned (so far) • Practical advice (we hope) • Open question segment

  3. Why Diversity Recruiting? • Profession’s profile • Library school data • Demographics • University minority student retention • Communication barriers

  4. Profile of the Profession • Higher average age: 45 • Chosen later in life: 2nd career • By 2013, 70% will retire • Will retire at younger ages • 10.1% increase in employment for librarians (2002/2012)* • 23.9% net replacement rate* • *U.S. Dept. of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Projections and Training Data (2004/05 ed.) at: http://bis.gov/emp/optd/home.htm

  5. Library Schools: Data • Total enrollment up slightly from ’01 (5.9%, but lower than 2000’s increase; Master’s-LS=71.3% of total degree enrollment) • LS: 10.7% under age 25 (Fall 2002) • LS: part-time students: 69.6% • LS: females: 79.8% • LS degrees granted by race (2001-2002): Black 4.2% Hispanic 3% Asian/ Pacific Is. 3.5%

  6. District 1 Countiesby Percent Race, from: The Bureau of the Census, Indiana Quick Facts athttp://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/18000.html

  7. In the Beginning • ND’s Summer Program • 2003 IMLS grant proposal • 2004 IMLS grant proposal

  8. Planning • Calendar • Mentors • Supervisors • OBE (Outcome-Based Evaluations) • What we learned: Planning helps

  9. Recruitment • Counselors (SB & Valpo) • Interviewing • Selection • Hiring • What we learned: start earlier; broaden the pool

  10. Mentors • Responsibilities • Expectations • What we learned: don’t have to match by gender and race to be effective

  11. Programming • Instruction • Field trips • Panel presentation What we learned: A good idea

  12. Work Rotations • The Good • The Bad • The Ugly • What we learned: Nobody will be totally satisfied

  13. Publicity http://www.library.nd.edu/diversity/

  14. Data Collection • Supervisors’ questionnaire • Student assistants’ exit interviews • Mentors’ meeting to debrief • Students’ career decisions

  15. Critique & Tweaks • Mentors • Recruiting • Orientation • Supervisors

  16. To Start a Program: Practical Advice (we hope) • It’s who you know… • Be realistic

  17. What plan? • Mission, vision, values, & strategic plan • Follow the path your institution dreams • Incorporate diversity into library strategic plan

  18. Some Ideas, Policies, Practices • Implementation team • Publicity • Stakeholders’ involvement • Targeted searches • ND’s Statement of Commitment to Affirmative Action • IUSB’s Applicant Minority Form @ http://www.iusb.edu/~aaoffice/word/ApplicantMonitoringform.doc

  19. Who’s Giving it Away? • LAMA Cultural Diversity Grant @ http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=awards • IMLS Librarians for the 21st Century @ http://www.imls.gov/grants/library/lib_bdre.htm • ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce @ http://www.arl.org/diversity/init/ • ALA Spectrum Scholarships @ http://www.ala.org/ala/diversity/spectrum/spectruminitiative.htm • ALA Annual Diversity Research Grant Program @ http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=awards • ALA List of Scholarships @ http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=scholarships • ALA List of Grants and Fellowships @ http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=grantfellowship

  20. Where Do You Find Like-Minded Librarians? • Reforma@ http://www.reforma.org/ • Black Caucus of the American Library Association@ http://www.bcala.org/ • Asian/ Pacific American Librarians Assoc.@ http://www.apalaweb.org/ • American Indian Library Assoc. @ http://www.nativeculturelinks.com/aila.html • Chinese American Librarians Assoc. (CALA mid-West Chapter) @ http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=chinese+american+library+association&page=1&offset=1&result_url=redir • Indiana Black Librarians Network • LAMA Diversity Officers’ DG Cultural Diversity Committee@ http://www.ala.org/ala/lama/lamacommunity/lamacommittees/divisioncomms/LAMACommitteesandDiscussiongroups.htm • ILF Task Force on Diversity & Multiculturalism • Diversity Information Network Exchange @: DINE@ala.org • ALA Diversity-L @: diversity-l@ala.org • Diversity Librarians’ Network @: http://www.lib.utk.edu/residents/dln/ • National Diversity in Libraries Conference@http://www.librarydiversity.org

  21. What Are Some Resources? • ARL MLS Graduate Student Resume Database at: https://db.arl.org/careers/res/submit.html • ARL Research Library Residency & Internship Programs at: https://db.arl.org/careers/res/submit.html • ALA Office for Diversity at: http://www.ala.org

  22. More resources? • Become a Librarian! Make a difference @ your libraryhttp://www.becomealibrarian.org/ • Library Research Service (LRS) @ http://www.lrs.org/index.asp • ACRL’s Issue & Advocacy @ http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlissues/acrlrecruiting/recruitingprofession.htm

  23. Questions? GOODBYE