When we talk about diversity and social justice in libraries and librarianship, it is good to know exactly what we are dealing with:
- According to 2009-2010 ALA stats, 88% of credentialed librarians are white, 5% African American, 3% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% Latina/o, and less than 1% either Native American or multi-racial. Source: ALA Diversity Counts
- Librarianship in general is 80% female, while only 58% of directors of ARL libraries are female. Sources: ALA Diversity Counts, and ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012-2013 (membership of purchase required).
- 2012 data show that only 4% of students in ALA accredited MLS programs are African American, 4% are Latino/a, 4% are Asian, 5% are International, 9% are unknown, and 71% are white. Source: Library and Information Science Education Statistical Report 2012 (membership required).
- 90% of the books reviewed by The New York Times in 2011 were written by white people. Source: Where Things Stand by Roxanne Gay.
- Males outnumber females among reviewers, reviewed and profiled authors, and published authors across pretty much every major trade publisher/reviewer. Source: A Literary Glass Ceiling?, Why Magazines aren’t Reviewing More Female Authors by Ruth Franklin.