Prioritizing Diversity in Library and Information Science (LIS) Education

Clara M. Chu, Jaya Raju

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Diversity in Library and Information Science (LIS) education is yet to be acknowledged in some parts of the world, while in others, it is stated in its mission or is a core value. The lack or degree of integration and implementation of diversity tends to reflect the stance that society, and correspondingly the professional and educational sectors, has on diversity. Such a stance translates into legislation and policies that a society institutes and the values, actions, and knowledge regarding diversity held by members of said societies. Hence, we need to understand the importance of prioritizing diversity in LIS education globally. This chapter is intentional in its international approach, which begins by considering the significance and implications of prioritizing diversity in LIS education, then examines the challenges and leadership roles of higher education, professional associations, and the professional community. Drawing from local and international examples, we illustrate how stakeholders can shape LIS education and vice versa. LIS education programs need leadership that prioritizes diversity and works collaboratively to implement change in the make-up of its faculty, staff and student body, curriculum and pedagogy, and in graduating professionals with an ethic of caring and the know-how to provide equitable information access and services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHumanizing LIS Education and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationDiversity by Design
EditorsKeren Dali, Nadia Caidi
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000203066
ISBN (Print)9780367369644
StatePublished - Oct 30 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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