In a 2010 study, the American Library Association reported only twelve percent of credentialed librarians in U.S. public, academic, and school libraries were members of racial and ethnic minority groups. By contrast, according to the most recent census, people of color represent 39 percent of the country’s total population. This disparity highlights a severe underrepresentation of individuals of color in the library and information professions. To combat this troubling imbalance, the iSchool’s Louise Elizabeth Butler Walker Memorial Diversity Fund was created to attract and support students from racial and ethnic minority groups.
Diversifying the profession, the ultimate goal of the Fund, will have a ripple effect. New voices and fresh perspectives will be represented in library services and practice; new partnerships will be realized; more users will recognize themselves in library staff. A diverse profession encourages more creative services for all.
To make a difference, please consider contributing to the Fund. It’s possible to contribute a single sum or donate at a low monthly level. Every donation helps the iSchool recruit students from underrepresented groups and enhances the profession overall. Submit your donation today! https://go.wisc.edu/384265