Telling Our Stories: Recruitment and Retention of BIPOC Librarians

This research report, the culmination of REFORMA’s IMLS-funded “Telling Our Stories” four–year grant project, explores workplace realities among librarians of color, with a focus on retention successes and shortcomings. Efforts to recruit and train librarians of color are futile without sustained, long-term support and retention initiatives.

The “Telling Our Stories” research project was approved by the REFORMA Executive Committee and guided by an Advisory Board. The project was evaluated and granted a Human Subjects Research exemption from the University of Michigan’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

The study consisted of a mixed method, explanatory design using a survey questionnaire followed by focus groups. Surveys were distributed through email and social media to librarians of color via multiple channels.

Final Report

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REFORMA. (2022, January 3). Telling our stories: Recruitment and retention of BIPOC librarians. Equitable Voices in Libraries. 

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