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Handbook of Black librarianship
Josey, E. J., 1924-2009.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiii, 816 pages ; 23 cm
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E. J. Josey and Marva DeLoach have compiled a treasure trove of information about black librarianship. This volume includes history, statistics, and documentation of contemporary issues related both to African American participation in librarianship and to the organizations that they built to provide information resources for their people. Of interest to all librarians, bibliophiles, bibliographers, and students of American culture, this handbook fills a niche in American cultural history. Like the first edition, published in 1977, this new edition chronicles the history and achievements of black librarians in their chosen profession. Chapters documenting pioneering individuals and events are juxtaposed with historical descriptions of early professional organizations. Other sections provide important information related to diversity, including the language of diversity and salient statistical facts about African American librarians. New or revised chapters treat issues related to information technology and electronic resources, library services to African Americans, and library education. Of special interest is the section on African American resources, which covers archival and fugitive literature, library holdings, literature, oral history programs, and museums, with several chapters on awards. A complete section is devoted to the important issue of health sciences libraries and blacks. Another new section covers libraries, library education, and publishing in Africa. The final section highlights the role of African Americans in selected areas of the knowledge industry.

Author Notes

E. J. Josey is Professor Emeritus, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has been honored with awards and honorary degrees from institutions worldwide, including the Lippincott Award, the Equality Award, and the John Ames Humphry/OCLC Forest Press Award for Distinguished Service to International Relations and Librarianship by the ALA International Relations Committee. He has been president of the American Library Association, and is a life member of that organization. Marva DeLoach (Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, M.S.L.S. Atlanta University, B.S. Savannah State College) is Librarian and Instructor at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA. She also serves as Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. She has been an independent library consultant and has managed technical services and reference services in both public and academic libraries. She has lectured widely on intellectual freedom and equity in information services and serves on the advisory board of the Journal of Information Ethics. Her many awards include the Special Recognition Award of the Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA), Distinguished Service and Councilor (ALA) and Exceptional Merit Recognition (ISU). This is not the first collaboration between Josey and DeLoach--in 1983 they published Ethnic Collections in Libraries.

Table of Contents

E. J. Josey and Marva L. DeLoachCasper LeRoy Jordan and E. J. JoseyCasper LeRoy JordanLucy B. CampbellCarrie C. RobinsonLaura S. LewisAlbert P. MarshallRossie B. CaldwellHarriet M. HillE. J. JoseyLisa BibloYvonne S. Bennett and Joan E. ColeAlfred L. WoodsLinda JolivetTeresa Y. NeelySimmona E. Simmons-HodoJon E. CawthorneItibari M. ZuluMaurice B. WheelerHandsel G. IngramE. J. JoseyMark D. WinstonStanton F. BiddleCharles L. BlocksonErnest KaiserLorrita E. FordJeanette BlackstonHenrietta M. SmithItibari M. ZuluGwendolyn HawkGwendolyn HawkEric Brasley and Stephanie BrasleyLinda Smith-GriffinFloyd C. Hardy and Renee F. StiffMarva L. DeLoachAndrew P. Jackson and Sekou Molefi BaakoJill A. BourneKhafre K. AbifMarie Harris AldridgeVivian Davidson HewittThelma H. TateVeronica L. C. StevensonKenneth E. Peeples, Jr.Joyce C. WrightClaudia J. GollopCynthia L. HendersonRosalind S. YoungMalikah Dada LumumbaBeverly Gray and Angel BatisteLavonda Kay BroadnaxIsmail AbdullahiHelen E. Williams
Introductionp. ix
Part I. Pioneers and Landmark Episodes
1. A Chronology of Events in Black Librarianshipp. 3
2. African American Forerunners in Librarianshipp. 19
3. Hampton Institute Library Schoolp. 35
Part II. Early Library Organizations
4. Alabama Association of School Librariansp. 51
5. Georgia Teachers and Education Association, Librarians' Sectionp. 59
6. North Carolina Negro Library Associationp. 63
7. South Carolina State Library Groupp. 69
8. Virginia State Teachers Association, Division of Librariansp. 75
Part III. Contemporary Black Library Organizations
9. Black Caucus of the American Library Association: The Early Yearsp. 83
10. Black Caucus of the American Library Association: Recent Historyp. 99
11. New York Black Librarians Caucus Revisited: The Dream Moves Forwardp. 109
12. Chicago Black Librarians Caucus: The Early Yearsp. 115
13. California Librarians Black Caucusp. 119
Part IV. Vital Issues
14. Effects of Diversity on Black Librarianship: Is Diversity Divergent?p. 129
15. The Language of Diversity: What Is It?p. 143
16. The New Library Environment and Information Technologyp. 149
17. Thinking Digitally and Acting Responsibly: Notes of an Activist African American Librarianp. 159
18. Averting a Crisis: Developing African American Librarians as Leadersp. 169
19. Black Librarians with Earned and Honorary Doctoratesp. 183
20. Statistical Facts Pertaining to Black Librarians and Librariesp. 207
Part V. African American Resources
21. Establishing African American Collectionsp. 213
22. Archival and Fugitive African American Literature: The Duties of an Archivistp. 225
23. Twenty Years Later: The Reflection of an African American Bibliophilep. 235
24. Library Holdings on African Americansp. 247
25. African American Literature 1977-1997p. 277
26. African American Authors Represented on the ALA Notable, Newbery, and Caldecott Book Listsp. 297
27. The Coretta Scott King Award: Its Historyp. 311
28. African American Axioms and Maxims: An Annotated Assessment of New Quotations and Motivational Booksp. 319
29. Oral History for Blacks and Implications for Archivesp. 329
30. Oral History Collections Surveyp. 341
31. African American Museums and Historical Societiesp. 349
32. A Descriptive Bibliography of Selected African and African American Periodicals for a Core Collectionp. 369
Part VI. African Americans and the Knowledge Professions
33. The Future of the Black College Libraryp. 387
34. Black Academic Librariesp. 397
35. Library Services to Black Americansp. 455
36. Libraries of Public Library Systems Serving Predominantly Black Communitiesp. 467
37. Children's Library Service and Black American Childrenp. 581
38. School Libraries and Black American Childrenp. 593
39. African Americans in Special Librariesp. 605
40. African Americans in International Librarianshipp. 611
41. Selected List of Black Bookstoresp. 631
42. Selected List of Black Book Publishersp. 639
43. Black Librarians as Creative Writersp. 647
Part VII. Health Sciences Libraries and Blacks
44. African Americans and Consumer Health Information (CHI)p. 669
45. The Role of the Black Health Sciences Librarianp. 683
46. African American Health Information Resourcesp. 697
Part VIII. African Library Information Resources and Education
47. African Publishing and the Procurement of Resources from Africap. 713
48. Major African Resources in the United Statesp. 729
49. Association of Health Information and Libraries in Africap. 739
50. Library Education in Africap. 747
51. Library Services to Schools in Five East African Countriesp. 755
Indexp. 765
About the Contributorsp. 813