Vol. 5 No. 1 (2020)

Outreach librarian to black students : A de facto role

Katrina Spencer
Middlebury College

Published 2020-12-19


  • 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


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.