responses this week on diversity
How about diversity in other respects. Such as sexual orientation? disability status? age? religion, even? It seems to me that there are many kinds of diversity and our profession is concentrating on just one kind.
I went back and re-read the Dain article and found the following:
. .. the Librarian who works with the blind: a group almost entirely dependant on the library. . . The Library for the Blind's teacher made in 1915, a year of "unprecedented activity" 476 visits to blind persons, gave 280 lessons in Braille and exchanged 318 books . . .
I did find this very encouraging. I would love to know the Librarian's name. 476 visits and 280 lessons is a huge amount to be delivered by one person. There should be a scholarship or award in that person's name for the dedication and time spent serving this population of the library.
I was also (wish I had time to look in more detail) struck by the persons with color in LIS programs and wondered how this compared to other disciplines AND how the scope of this research was narrowed to race.