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HAWKINS Page ix Acknowledgments Special thanks to the American Library Association and especially Marlene R. Chamberlain, Senior Acquisitions Editor/ALA Editions, whose expertise was invaluable in the preparation of this publication. We also appreciate the support and assistance received from the following individuals, organizations, and institutions: E. J. Josey, Professor Emeritus School of Information Sciences University of Pittsburgh Sandra Balderrama, Diversity Officer American Library Association Satia Orange, Director Office for Literacy and Outreach Services American Library Association Florence Simkins Brown, Director North Miami Beach Public Library Founder, Stop Talking and Start Doing Recruitment Workshops Gerald G.
Nevertheless, many ethnic minorities describe a hostile climate during interviews and employment in libraries that prevents them from feeling welcome. Ethnic minorities are beginning to speak out against the general insensitivity that the profession has projected toward minorities and their cultures. There is a set of assumptions about minorities and a tendency to underestimate minority employees. Many white library professionals have not had exposure to the full range of ethnic minorities. It is difficult to establish your credibility when there is a mindset in which many white library professionals choose to remain ignorant of the severity of issues dealing with recruiting minorities to the profession.
The director's current position was the directorship of a medium-sized public library located within an urban poor community, predominantly African American, with an unstable and transient population of 34,000. The libraries were less than four miles from each other. Page 12 Unfortunately, over the previous fifteen to twenty years, the African American community had been inundated with poverty, crime, and a reputation frowned upon by surrounding communities. The library director had done a superior job and was credited with resurrecting, rebuilding, and reestablishing the good reputation of the library system that was formerly plagued with poor management, resulting in a tarnished professional and public image.