Health sciences librarians of African heritage: an earnest entreaty for research


  • Charles Raymond Fikar Physician, Medical Librarian, Queens College, Flushing, NY
  • Barbara Hallas Health Sciences Librarian, Retired, Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY



African-American, Minorities, Diversity


In view of recent discussions of diversity in library work, it would seem prudent to have a good understanding of basic facts and considered opinions of health sciences librarians of African heritage concerning their career experiences, opportunities for advancement, perceptions of negative behavior in the library, experiences of bias and discrimination in the library, existence of special information needs of patrons of African heritage, and interactions with non-African-heritage medical librarians and staff. Since there is a dearth of literature and research on these topics, this commentary will attempt to stimulate and encourage such work by providing a brief summary of currently available literature and research and providing some ideas for future academic endeavors.


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