Credential librarians of color make up a small percentage of the overal librarianship workforce. Industry leaders hope to change that as the nation’s changing demographics continue to make its mark. Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association, says that while libraries are eager to keep up with technology, books, magazines, and other services that match the needs of the patrons, they’re also committed to ensuring that librarians and staff understand the backgrounds and languages of the people they serve. But more often than not, credential librarians—those with at least a master’s degree in library and information science—don’t look like the people they serve, something industry leaders hope to change as the nation continues to rapidly diversify.

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