Director for Research, Teaching, and Learning Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Libraries are often run by folks who do not represent the communities they serve. This poster will explore how libraries can partner with high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to recruit high school seniors from underrepresented groups to explore careers in librarianship. It will illuminate opportunities and actions librarians can take toward setting up their own library and CTE partnership. This poster will use the IMLS grant funded Diverse Librarianship Career Training and Education (DLCTE) Program as an example of a successful community partnership to discuss best practices and unexpected outcomes.
98% of all US public-school districts offered CTE programs to students in 2017. By leveraging the already existing CTE structure, libraries and cultural institutions can create programs that lead to systematic changes in librarianship. The creation of diversity workforce pipelines can benefit employers, students, and communities at large. The hope is that this poster will inspire other librarians to seek out CTE partnerships in their own communities.