Asian (Americans) in Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA)  released its statistical study on diversity in libraries this week. Apparently Asian and Pacific Islanders compose just 2.7 percent of credentialed librarians and  5.5 percent of library assistants. The general American population is about 5% Asian and Pacific Islander American according to the latest census, which means we’re woefully underrepresenting in the library profession.

The round up for other racial groups reflects some similar underrepresentation:

  • Latinos compose 16.3 percent of the population, but just 3.1 percent of credentialed librarians and 9 percent of library assistants;
  • African Americans compose 12.6 percent of the population, but just 5.1 percent of credentialed librarians and 9.3 percent of library assistants;
  • Native Americans were less than 1 percent of the population and just 0.2 percent of credentialed librarians and 0.7 percent of library assistants.

Like I said last week, representation is important because it’s one way to ensure that our constituencies are served and our voices are heard.

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