This poster session will detail a critical examination of the curricula of several of the top Information Schools, as determined by US News & World Report. The authors determined whether these schools are addressing issues of diversity in ways that will prepare MLIS students for the 21st century workplace, where diversity is increasing and increasingly important. The analysis is based upon the available literature as well as syllabi from the various schools and the use of Dr. Sheryl Dowlin's Diversity Awareness Curriculum Plan Coding Criteria. Only 20% of schools were a Level 2 (Tolerance) and 80% of schools were at Level 1 (Monocultural). There is a need to make it a priority to equip LIS graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to address the varied and systematic issues that historically and currently face their patrons. Knowledge and experience will ensure that they are not only knowledgeable but welcoming to all populations in their communities. The presentation will include a copy of the Diversity Awareness Curriculum Plan Coding Criteria, areas for improvement, and a resource list for instructors wishing to integrate more diversity-related content into their classrooms.
Universities used in the study
University of Illinois - Urbana Campaign
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of Washington
University of Michigan