Vol. 5 No. 1 (2020)
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Outreach librarian to black students : A de facto role

Katrina Spencer
Middlebury College
Published December 19, 2020
Keywords
  • outreach, innovation, Black library users
How to Cite
Spencer, K. (2020). Outreach librarian to black students : A de facto role. Journal of New Librarianship, 5(1), 45-49. https://doi.org/10.33011/newlibs/9/3

Abstract

While some predominantly white institutions can offer unique and laudable educational experiences to Black college students, they can also lack resources that provide these same students with a culturally affirming milieu. Black faculty and staff can organize their time, energy and resources to offer culturally enriching experiences for Black students. However, this additional labor is not systematically seen, cataloged or recognized as a core or essential duty. The author describes some effective forms of outreach from her personal experience and simultaneously asks whose job it is to meet the cultural needs of this population.