Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education. Ed. Antonia P. Olivas. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2017. 151p. Paper, $38.00 (ISBN 978-083898887-9).

Jenny S. Bossaller


Surveys of academic librarians completed by ALA and ARL have found that, while there are more people of color who have entered the profession in the past 20 years, there is still a gap in representation at the managerial level, and especially in upper management (vi–viii). They have also found that many library directors and upper managers are bound for retirement. While many people have called this looming crisis in librarianship (“the graying of the profession”) a myth, it does make for a good premise for this book: now is the time to think about how to fill some of those vacant leadership roles with librarians from diverse backgrounds.

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