Race and the Reference Librarian

Law Library Journal, Vol. 106, No. 4, Pp. 625-32 (2015)

8 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2014 Last revised: 9 May 2015

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Mary Whisner

University of Washington - School of Law

Date Written: December 11, 2014


Discussions on diversity in law librarianship often focus on demographics, tallying the representation of different groups and suggesting ways to to increase it. This essay approaches racial diversity from a different angle. I discuss how race affects our day-to-day work as law librarians, emphasizing that this includes those of us who are white. I discuss ways we can we improve our knowledge, skills, and cultural competence. The benefits are greater than improving our ability to help researchers find what they need. When we include examples related to race in our blog posts, displays, and class presentations, we also help create a welcoming environment in our diverse institutions.

Footnotes cite a variety of sources for readers who want to begin or expand their reading in law and race.

Keywords: reference librarians, law librarians, research, race, African Americans, whites, legal education, diversity

Suggested Citation

Whisner, Mary, Race and the Reference Librarian (December 11, 2014). Law Library Journal, Vol. 106, No. 4, Pp. 625-32 (2015), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2537134

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