Recently, The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science successfully recruited ten minority students in the following specialties: three public, three academic, two general, one special and one school for “The Minority Scholarship Initiative.” The scholarship was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and created in partnership with the Mississippi Library Commission and The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries. Currently, the minority enrollment at the university is 40%. The minority enrollment for the MLIS is 17%; however; it falls to 11% when not including the aforementioned scholarship students (Factbook USM, 2011; LIS Graduate Students Fall Semester 2011 Ethnicity Report). Continued support of minority students is very much needed, especially for those wanting to work in Mississippi’s school libraries.
Creel, Stacy and Haynes, Elizabeth
"A Call for Action: Mississippi’s Need for Minority Librarians,"
SLIS Connecting: Vol. 1
, Article 6.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/slisconnecting/vol1/iss1/6