Unfinished Business

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Overview

50 years ago, the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision catalyzed the integration of schools. However, Wheeler provides compelling evidence that few, if any Library and Information Science programs were ever integrated. With an impressive cast of contributors that includes experienced faculty as well as students, this resource tackles the issue of diversity from three distinct perspectives: external and environmental forces, student recruitment, and faculty/curriculum issues. The contributors discuss all of the spokes on the wheel of LIS Education, from racial issues in the financial aid process, to the impact of technology in LIS students of color, from the recruitment of minority students to faculty development. Beyond showing where LIS programs have fallen short, the contributors to this volume serve to reinvigorate the discourse regarding the future.

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Editorial Reviews

American Libraries
Editor Maurice B. Wheeler and his team of essayists address how LIS programs have fallen short in the area of diversity, tackling issues from three perspectives—external and environmental forces, student recruitment, and faculty/curriculum—in Unfinished Business; Race, Equity, and Diversity in library and Information Science Education. Among the contributors are Em Claire Knowles, who discusses affirmative action and the role of the LIS dean, and Lorna Peterson, who examines curriculum reform and diversity.
American Reference Books Annual
...an essential reader for LIS students and concerned practitioners. It should also be useful for specialists in higher education and multicultural studies.
Reference and Research Book News
Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, editor Wheeler and 17 academic contributors from education and library science provide evidence that few (if any) library and information science programs were ever integrated. The volume tackles the subject of diversity in US schools from three perspectives: external and environmental forces, including racism, affirmative action, and race-based financial aid; student recruitment, including mentoring in LIS education; and faculty/curriculum issues, including technology effects and faculty development.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...an essential reader for LIS students and concerned practitioners. It should also be useful for specialists in higher education and multicultural studies.
College & Research Libraries (C&RL), November 2006
Unfinished Business provides perspective on how far we have come in examining the issues of race, equity, and diversity within our profession. Progress has been made; however, as the title suggests, there is still much work to be done. This book serves as a no-holds-barred wake-up call on the future of our profession.
College & Research Libraries (C&RL), November 2006 - vol. 67
Unfinished Business provides perspective on how far we have come in examining the issues of race, equity, and diversity within our profession. Progress has been made; however, as the title suggests, there is still much work to be done. This book serves as a no-holds-barred wake-up call on the future of our profession.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810850453
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Maurice B. Wheeler is Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas. He has been professionally active in the area of cultural diversity and leadership development for over 15 years.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Part I:Environmental and External Forces Chapter 3 1 and Its Effect on Libraries and Library and Information Science Education: Mapping and Storytelling a Historical Journey Fifty Years in the Making Chapter 4 2 Evolving Issues: Racism, Affirmative Action, and Diversity Chapter 5 3 In Union There Is Strength: Library and Information Science Educators and Librarians' Associations of Color Chapter 6 4 The ALA Spectrum Initiative: A Student's View Chapter 7 5 Affirmative Action: The Role of the LIS Dean Chapter 8 6 Race-Based Financial Aid: An Overview Part 9 Part II: Student Recruitment Chapter 10 7 Minority Student Recruitment in LIS Education: New Profiles for Success Chapter 11 8 A Web Model of Recruitment for LIS Doctoral Education: Weaving in Diversity Chapter 12 9 Creating Opportunities and Opening Doors: Recruiting and Mentoring Students of Color Part 13 Part III: Faculty and Curriculum Issues Chapter 14 10 The Effect of Technology on Library Education and Students at Risk Chapter 15 11 Curriculum Reform and Diversity Chapter 16 12 Communication and Difficult Topics in LIS Education: Teaching and Learning about Diversity in the Classroom Chapter 17 13 Faculty Development and Cultural Diversity in Teaching: LIS Education's Last Frontier Part 18 Index Part 19 About the Contributors

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