This sequel to The Black Librarian in America (Scarecrow, 1970) contains an array of contributors representing a new generation of African American librarians, addressing the same perplexing problems that their predecessors examined. This volume is being issued at a time when there is a great concern about cultural diversity in the country. Cultural diversity is laudable, but the pervasive problem in the country is institutional racism. All of the contributors aggree that it is racism that should be eradicated if a truly multicultural society that represents cultural diversity is to develop. A wide range of topics are explored. In addition, a profile of Dorothy Porter Wesley, one of the pioneer African American librarians; librarians and archivists as writers, and a provocative essay by Congresswoman Major R. Owens on "The Specter of Racism in an Age of Cultural Diversity: The New Paradigm for African American Librarians." Among the contributors are Carolyn O. Frost, Herman L. Totten, Carla Hayden, Charles M. Brown, Alexander Boyd, Jesse Carney Smith, James F Williams, II, Lou Helen Saunders, Ina A. Brown, Vivian Davidson Hewitt, Monteria Hightower, Ella Gaines Yates, and Ann Allen Shockley. Especially designed for professional librarians, library school students, and other information professionals, this volume would be a useful addition to African American collections and other scholarly collections dealing with American society. A copious index that is cross referenced makes it very useful as a reference tool.
About the Author
E.J. Josey has earned degrees from Howard University, Columbia University, and the State University of New York at Albany. In addition, he holds honorary doctorate degrees from Shaw University, the Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and North Carolina Central University. He is Professor, School of Library and Informational Science, Univ. of Pittsburgh. Among his published books are What Black Librarians are Saying: New Dimensions for Academic Library Service, Libraries in the Political Process, and Libraries, Coalitions, and the Public Good. Past President of the ALA, he is also known as an uncompromising opponent of racial discrimination and is the founder of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.