Retention of Academic Librarians of Color

to Brittani Sterling, Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian; Brittany Paloma Fiedler, Teaching and Learning Librarian; and James Cheng, Library Data Analyst at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas University Libraries


This project will conduct oral history interviews of at least twenty people - including those who left academic librarianship when they considered themselves mid-career. Its main research questions are 1) What factors influence mid-career librarians of color to stay or leave academic librarianship? and 2) What does mid-career mean to librarians of color? The primary outcomes of this research will be to have more definitive answers about who is mid-career and what efforts, such as mentorship programs or anti-microaggression trainings, affect the retention of academic librarians. This study will guide institutions, library administrators, and professional development programs in supporting librarians of color as they transition to the next stage of their career.

Awards Won

Title Year
Diversity Research Grant

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services sponsors this grant program which began in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science.

2020 - Winner(s)