Aboriginal and Visible Minority Librarians: Oral Histories from Canada

Aboriginal and Visible Minority Librarians: Oral Histories from Canada

By: Deborah Lee (editor), Mahalakshmi Kumaran (editor)Paperback

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Aboriginal and Visible Minority Librarians: Oral Histories from Canada, is a collection of chapters written by librarians of color in Canada writing about their experiences working in libraries. This book is not only for librarians in Canada and for those who aspire to become librarians, it is also for deans, directors, and faculty of libraries and library schools, managers and supervisors in libraries, human resources personnel, and other decision-makers in the field. It will also appeal to researchers interested in race relations, multiculturalism, intercultural communications and management, cross-cultural communications and management, cross-cultural studies, diversity, Aboriginal peoples, indigenous populations, and ethnic or visible minorities. The majority of the chapters written by visible minority librarians come from those born outside of Canada. They speak of their love for their new country, its generosity and support towards newcomers and immigrants, and their reasons for taking up the library profession. While few of the librarians speak of open racism, they narrate their experiences as those filled with challenges, self-doubt and courage. Several of the Aboriginal librarians who contributed to this book have worked within tribal communities and tribal libraries. In spite of working within community environments, they have experienced challenges, especially related to lack of funding. These librarians speak of having to deal with tokenism, lack of mentorship, and working in professional isolation. Some of them narrate their challenges in working with colleagues who do not relate to them. Lack of support is common, as many organizations do not have proper strategies to deal with discrimination. However, these chapters end with a positive note of encouragement for future librarians; the authors encourage all librarians to be engaged, find trusted mentors, seek help when needed, focus on professional development, and find a niche in the organization.

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About Author

Deborah Lee is of Cree, Mohawk, Metis and French ancestry. She was a reference librarian at the National Library of Canada and Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa/Gatineau for seven years. Lee was the Indigenous Studies Portal Librarian and team leader at the University of Saskatchewan Library in Saskatoon for four years but has been the Indigenous Studies Liaison and Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at the U of S since 2011. She would like to dedicate her chapter to her two adult children, Eric and Tara, her son-in-law, Jake, and twin grandchildren, Liam and Elizabeth. Maha Kumaran is the initiator, founding member, and co-moderator of the Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network, a CLA Network. She works as a liaison librarian at the University of Saskatchewan. She is grateful to the support she has received from the University of Saskatchewan to pursue her research. She would like to thank the many librarians who have played a major role in shaping her career as a librarian. She would also like to thank members of ViMLoC for their support.


Preface Dr. Lotsee Patterson Introduction Deborah Lee and Maha Kumaran Chapter 1: Building Libraries One Book At a Time Suzy Bear Chapter 2: Reflections on my Experience in Manitoba as a Visible Minority Librarian: A Personal Perspective and Review of Future Challenges for Visible Minority Librarians Dr. Ganga B. Dakshinamurti Chapter 3: Proud to be a Filipino Librarian Erie Maestro Chapter 4: Challenges and Successes of a Tribal College Librarian Mary Weasel Fat Chapter 5: From China to Canada: Experiences of a College Librarian in the Canadian Prairies Lillian Li Chapter 6: A Metis Librarian Autobiography Jim Bruce Chapter 7: The Toronto Public Library: A Personal Reflection on the 2010 Diversity Initiative Suzanne Fernando Chapter 8: Not a Moniyaw Librarian Jessie Loyer Chapter 9: Diversity Pathways in Librarianship: Some of the Challenges Faced and Lessons learned as a Canadian-born Chinese Male Librarian Allan Cho Chapter 10: Observations of a New Immigrant Library Professional: Career Journey from India to Canada via the Netherlands Arvind Shrivatsava Chapter 11: Finding the Right Fit: An Aboriginal Librarian's Quest at Library and Archives Canada Dale Blake Chapter 12: Becoming the Rhizome: Empowering Librarians and Archivists of Colour Kelly E. Lau Chapter 13: Indigenous Peoples' New Canoe Camille Callison Chapter 14: A Minority Librarian's Journey: Challenges and Issues along the Way Aditi Gupta Chapter 15: Academic Inquiries at an Aboriginal Reference Desk During Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission's B.C. National Event Kim Lawson Chapter 16: The Immigrant Librarian: Challenges Big and Small Maha Kumaran Chapter 17: The Right Place at the Right Time: Synchronicity and Indigenous Librarianship Deborah Lee Chapter 18: From Recruitment to Tenure: A Reflection on Race and Culture in a Canadian Academic Library Nora Majekodunmi Index About the Contributors

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  • publication date: 11/06/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781442236813
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9781442236813
  • weight: 349
  • ISBN10: 1442236817

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