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The Black librarian in America revisited
Josey, E. J.
Adult Nonfiction Z682.4.A37B58 1994

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In 1970, The Black Librarian in America (Professional Reading, LJ 3/15/71) was published. Now, more than 20 years later, this ``revisit'' by 30 African American librarians, of whom only 11 were contributors to the original work, provide a wealth of historical and biographical information for the library and information science profession. This is not just another book about librarians, about African Americans, or about the specter of racism that still hovers over American society despite claims of multiculturalism. It is instead a thoughtful look at how black librarians have achieved personal and professional goals in spite of overwhelming obstacles. It is about incidents in library history that affect the entire profession. Divided into five sections with an introduction by E.J. Josey, this generous volume represents voices from library education, public libraries, academic libraries, special libraries and information centers, and state libraries. Contributors include such notables as Herman Totten (``The Role of African Americans in the Accreditation Process of the American Library Association's Committee on Accreditation''), Carla Hayden (``New Approaches to Black Recruitment''), Ann Allen Schockley (``Librarians, Archivists, and Writers: A Personal Perspective''), Ella Gaines Yates (``Reflections of a Former State Librarian,'' and Mary Lenox (``Reflections of a Dean''). The essays cover a wide range of topics, from Congressman Major R. Owens's suggestions for a new paradigm for African American librarians to a very useful article on the information needs of blacks in the prison system. While many of the essays are biographical in nature, it must be remembered that these were written by individuals who have often made significant impact on the profession, on the American Library Association, on library education, and other areas. These biographies in most cases will not be found in other sources. Whether or not a library has the original edition, this collection of poignant and hopeful words of encouragement must be included in all general and library science collections.-- Angela Washington-Blair, Dallas (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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