Improving Diversity in the LIS Professoriate

This week we’re drawing attention to new information about efforts to assist students trying to overcome systemic barriers to becoming an LIS scholar and increase cultural diversity in the field. A few months ago, a qualitative research study on participants in one of these initatives, the American Library Association (ALA)’s Spectrum Scholarship program, was the feature of an article in the open-access journal ‘InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies’. The Spectrum Scholarship program was designed to improve racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS academe.

In her study of the program, author Nicole A. Cook “sought to document this historic fellowship program and provide information that would benefit future recruitment and retention programs in the area of LIS doctoral education.” The research will help to “inform LIS education and pedagogy and provide documented evidence of experiences that can lead to the improvement of doctoral education for minorities in the future and enrich the knowledge on which future initiatives are based,