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Minority professional staff in U.S. ARL university libraries continues to be
disproportionately distributed across the country. Using Figure 1, we can compare the number of
minority staff with other staff, region by region. These patterns of distribution have been
relatively stable for the entire history of ARL’s data-collection experience. Minorities are
underrepresented by more than 25% in the New England and West North Central regions (see
Table 25 for a definition of the regions). Proportionately to other regions, there are more
minorities in the South Atlantic, West South Central, and Pacific regions.
Figure 1
MINORITY PROFESSIONALS BY REGION (U.S.)
IN ARL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, FY 2005-06
New
England
Middle
Atlantic
E North
Central
W North
Central
South
Atlantic
East S
Central
West S
Central Mountain Pacific TOTAL %
Race/Ethnicity
Category
Black 32 60 82 24 110 21 21 10 38 398 35%
Hispanic 21 24 22 7 37 4 33 26 33 207 18%
Asian 66 81 76 21 66 8 39 24 130 511 45%
AI/AN4
3 3 4 3 5 2 4 24 2%
Minority Total 122 168 184 55 218 33 95 64 201 1,140 100%
Minority Percent
10.70% 14.74% 16.14% 4.82% 19.12% 2.89% 8.33% 5.61% 17.63%
Nonminority
Total
1,128 1,197 1,337 514 1,219 373 586 442 764 7,560 100%
Nonminority
Percent
14.92% 15.83% 17.69% 6.80% 16.12% 4.93% 7.75% 5.85% 10.11%
Regional Percent
Total staff
14.37% 15.69% 17.48% 6.54% 16.52% 4.67% 7.83% 5.82% 11.09%
Proportional
Minority
Representation
-28.28% -6.93% -8.74% -29.04% 18.60% -41.33% 7.51% -3.98% 74.47%
ARL recognizes the difficulties that the profession has in attracting a diverse workforce and
continues to work actively in the development of workplace climates that embrace diversity.
The ARL Diversity Program, through its Leadership and Career Development Program and the
Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, emphasizes ARL and its members’ commitment to
creating a diverse academic and research library community to better meet the new challenges of
global competition and changing demographics. Further, the Diversity Program focuses on issues
surrounding work relationships in libraries while considering the impact of diversity on library
services, interactions with library users, and the development of collections, at its homepage,
http://www.arl.org/diversity/index.html.
Women comprise 70.53% of the four racial/ethnic groups that comprise minority staff, as
compared to 62.99% of Caucasian/Other staff in all U.S. ARL university libraries. The overall
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American Indian/Alaskan Native.
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