Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


Dr. Ethelene Whitmire, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) - Department of Information Studies at UCLA, is the recipient of the 2006 American Library Association (ALA) Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honor.

Dr. Ethelene Whitmire was formerly an assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (2001 - 2005). Her Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication and her Master's of Library Service (MLS) are both from Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey. Her PhD is from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE), a department in the School of Education at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods she investigates the academic library use and the information seeking behavior of undergraduates with a recent focus on students of color.

Her research also addresses the role of the academic library and its resources and services in the lives of the undergraduate with a focus on the library's impact on their critical thinking. She received the 2004 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and was a visiting scholar at UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies during the 2004 - 2005 academic year. She received the Anna Julia Cooper Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin - Madison prior to her appointment as assistant professor in their School of Library & Information Studies. Her doctoral studies were funded by the University of Michigan's Rackham Merit Fellowship.

She was the recipient of the 2002 American Library Association's (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Award. Her professional library experience includes an appointment as a Librarian-in-Residence at Yale University (1997 - 1999).

Awards Won

Title Year
ODLOS logo Achievement in Library Diversity Research

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee seeks to recognize an individual for advancing research that informs diversity, equity and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in Library Diversity Research designation. Achievement is defined as a body of published work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity, equity and outreach. Entries are not limited to peer reviewed, scholarly publication. We welcome open access and other forms of published dissemination. Nominations are accepted year-round and an honoree will be selected from the pool of nominees received by April 30.

2006 - Winner(s)