Davis-Kendrick, K. D. (2009). The African American Male Librarian: Motivational Factors in Choosing a Career in Library and Information Science. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 28(1-2), 23-52.
A recent American Library Association (ALA) report has shown that less than 1% of credentialed librarians are African American males. This article discusses possible reasons for this dearth; and, in an effort to inform future LIS recruiting and marketing campaigns, the included study attempted to discover which factors lead African American males to choose to pursue a graduate degree in library and information science (LIS) and practice LIS as a career. The study also canvassed African American male librarians’ views on gender advantage in LIS, their career goals, perceived triumphs and challenges in LIS, and level of job satisfaction. (Contains 6 figures.)
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