Bibliography of LIS-related content dealing with cultural diversity issues, organized by country of origin.
Last updated October 2019.

Canadian Content

• Canadian Association of Research Libraries. (2015). 8Rs redux: CARL libraries human resources study. Retrieved from

• Caidi, N., & Allard, D. (2005). Social inclusion of newcomers to Canada: An information problem? Library & Information Science Research, 27(3), 302-324. DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2005.04.003

• Caidi, N., Longford, G., Allard, D., & Dechief, D. (2007). Including immigrants in Canadian society: What role do ICTs play? (Draft report). Strategic Policy Research Directorate of Human Resources and Social Development Canada. Retrieved from

• Caidi, N., & Dali, K. (2015). Can we talk? Perceptions of diversity issues by students with diverse backgrounds, and a rumination on personal roads to systematic change.  New Library World, 116(11/12). pp. 748-780. DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2015-0056

• Canadian Urban Libraries Council. (2019). Social inclusion audit. Retrieved from

• Chilana, R. (2001). Delivering multilingual services in public libraries in British Columbia: A case study of the Fraser Valley Regional Library. PNLA Quarterly, 65(3), 18-20.

• Cho, A., & Con, A. (2012). Partnerships linking cultures: Multicultural librarianship in British Columbia’s public libraries. In C. Smallwood & K. Becnel (Eds.), Library services for multicultural patrons: Strategies to encourage library use (37-47). Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press.

• Ingles, E., De Long, K., Humphrey, C., Sivak, A., Sorensen, M., & de Peuter, J. (2005). The future of human resources in Canadian Libraries. Retrieved from

• Kandiuk, M. (2014). Promoting racial and ethnic diversity among Canadian academic librarians. College and Research Libraries, 75(4), 492-556. DOI: 10.5860/crl.75.4.492. Retrieved from

• Kumaran, M. (2009). Libraries matter: Different communities and different approaches. SLA Forum, 32(4).

• Kumaran, M. (2012). Leadership in libraries: A focus on ethnic minority librarians. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing.

• Kumaran, M. (2013). Visible Minority Librarians of Canada at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, 2013. Partnership, 8(2). DOI: 10.21083/partnership.v8i2.2888

• Kumaran, M. (2015). Succession planning process that includes visible minority librarians. Library Management, 36(6/7), 434-447. DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2014-0138

• Kumaran, M., & Cai, H. (2015). Identifying the visible minority librarians in Canada: A national survey. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 10(2). DOI: 10.18438/B8ZC88

• Kumaran, M., & Salt, L. (2010). Diverse populations in Saskatchewan: The challenges of reaching them. Partnership, 5(1). DOI: 10.21083/partnership.v5i1.1012

• Leong, J.H. (2013). Ethnic diversity at the University of Toronto Libraries. IFLA. Retrieved from

• Ly, V. (2018). Assessment of multilingual collections in public libraries: A case study of the Toronto Public Library. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 13(3), 17-31. DOI: 10.18438/eblip29408

• Majekodunmi, N. (2013).  Diversity in libraries: The case for the Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network. Feliciter, 59(1), 31-32. Retrieved from

• Nomura, T., & Caidi, N. (2013). Heritage language acquisition and maintenance: Home literacy practices of Japanese-speaking families in Canada. Information Research18(3), paper C37. Retrieved from

• Oud, J. (2019). Systemic workplace barriers for academic librarians with disabilities. College and Research Libraries, 80(2), 169-194. DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.169

• Silvio, D.K. (2006). The information needs and information seeking behaviour of immigrant southern Sudanese youth in the city of London, Ontario: An exploratory study. Library Review, 55(4), 259-266. DOI: 10.1108/00242530610660807

• Visconti, G. (2015). Legislation without empathy: Race and ethnicity in LIS. Partnership, 10(2). DOI: 10.21083/partnership.v10i2.3565

• Williment, K.W., & Jones-Grant, T. (2012). Asset mapping at Halifax Public Libraries: A tool for beginning to discover the library’s role with the immigrant community in Halifax. Partnership, 7(1). DOI: 10.21083/partnership.v7i1.1491

American Content

• Association of College & Research Libraries. (2011). Academic library services to international students interest group. Retrieved from

• Association of College & Research Libraries. (2013). ACRL instruction for diverse populations committee. Retrieved from

• American Federation of Teachers. (2010). Promoting racial and ethnic diversity in the faculty: What higher education unions can do. Retrieved from

• American Library Association. (2012). American Library Association releases new data to update Diversity Counts report. Retrieved from

• American Library Association. (2012). Diversity standards: Cultural competency for academic libraries. Retrieved from

• Becker, J. (2017). Active allyship. Public Services Quarterly, 13(1), 27-31. DOI: 10.1080/15228959.2016.1261638.

• Chang, M.J. (2005). Reconsidering the diversity rationale.  Liberal Education, 91(1), 6-13.

• Chapmen, C. (2009). Retention begins before day one: Orientation and socialization in libraries. New Library World, 110(3/4),122-135. DOI: 10.1108/03074800910941329

• Davis-Kendrick, K.D. (2009). The kaleidoscopic concern: An annotated bibliography of diversity, recruitment, retention, and other concerns regarding African American and ethnic library professionals in the United States. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved from

• Dewey, B. & Keally, J. (2008). Recruiting for diversity: Strategies for twenty-first century research librarianship. Library Hi Tech, 26(4), 622-629. DOI: 10.1108/07378830810920941

• Fisher, K.E., Marcoux, E., Miller, L.S., Sanchez, A., & Ramirez Cunninham, E. (2004). Information behaviour of migrant farm workers and their families in the Pacific Northwest. Information Research, 10(1).

• Garces, V.E. (1998). The recruitment of minority librarians: A bibliography of the literature, 1990-1998. Law Library Journal, 90(4), 603-604.

• Gurin, P. (1999). Selections from the compelling need for diversity in higher education, expert reports in defense of the University of Michigan. Equity & Excellence in Education, 32(2), 36-62. DOI: 10.1080/1066568990320207

• Josey, E.J,. & Abdullahi, I. (2002). Why diversity in American libraries.  Library Management, 23(1/2), 10-16. DOI: 10.1108/01435120210413544

• Lewis, W.T. (2010). Inclusive excellence and the role of faculty: In order to gain faculty as stakeholders in a strategic diversity agenda, their values and those of the institution must align. Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 27(5), 20.

• Maciel, M., Kaspar, W., & Vanduinkerken, W. (2017). (Desperately) seeking service leadership in academic libraries: An analysis of dean and director position advertisements. Journal of Library Administration, 58(2), 1-36. DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2017.1399711

• Martin, R.R. (1994). Changing the university climate: Three libraries respond to multicultural students. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 20(1), 2-9. DOI: 10.1016/0099-1333(94)90127-9

• Martin, R., McCann, H., Morales, M., & Williams, S. (2013). White screen/white noise: Racism and the internet. Urban Library Journal, 19(1).

• Matarazzo, J.M., & Mika, J.J. (2004).  Workforce planning for library and information science.  Library and Information Science Research, 26(2), 115-20. DOI: 10.1016/S0740-8188(04)00021-0

• Maxey-Harris, C., & Anaya, T. (2010). SPEC Kit 319: Diversity plans and programs. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries. DOI: 10.29242/spec.319. Retrieved from

• Miraflor, A. (2005). Library services and information needs of the Filipino community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Retrieved from

• Olivas, A.P. (Eds.). (2017). Choosing to lead: The motivational factors of underrepresented minority librarians in higher education. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

UK Content

• Birdi, B., & Syed, M. (2011). Exploring reader response to minority ethnic fiction. Library Review, 60(9), 816-831. DOI: 10.1108/00242531111176826

• Birdi, B., and Wilson K. (2008). Public libraries and social exclusion: How empathic are we? Library and Information Update, 7(6), 32-34.

• Birdi, B., Wilson, K., & Cocker, J. (2009). The public library, exclusion and empathy: A literature review. Library Review, 57(8), 576-592. DOI: 10.1108/00242530810899568

• Birdi, B., Wilson, K., & Mansoor, S. (2012). What we should strive for is Britishness: An attitudinal investigation of ethnic diversity and the public library. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 44(2), 118-128. DOI: 10.1177/0961000611426299

• Birdi, B., Wilson, K., & Tso, H.M. (2009). The nature and role of empathy in public librarianship. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 41(2), 81-89. DOI: 10.1177/0961000609102827

• Clutterbuck, D. (2005). Succession planning: A developmental approach. Development and Learning in Organizations, 19(5), 11-13. DOI: 10.1108/14777280510616230

• Rosenthal, L., & Train, B. (2007). Breaking down barriers. Public Library Journal, 22(1),  8-12.

• Train, B. (2003). Building up or breaking down barriers? The role of the library in adult basic skills education. Library Review, 52(8), 394-402. DOI: 10.1108/00242530310493806

• Train, B., Dalton, P., & Elkin, J. (2000). Embracing inclusion: The critical role of the library.  Library Management, 21(9), 483-490. DOI: 10.1108/01435120010347955

• Vincent, J. 2009. Public library provision for black and minority ethnic communities – where are we in 2009?  Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 41(3). 137-147. DOI: 10.1177/0961000609337094