With funding from a 2011 grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the School of Library and Information Science at North Carolina Central University hosted the summit “Building a Bridge to Literacy for African American Male Youth: A Call to Action for the Library Community” in June, 2012.
The summit provided an opportunity for the library community to join stakeholders from other liked-minded organizations to consider the role libraries can play in: 1) closing the literacy achievement gap, 2) nurturing the resolve of African American male youth, helping them reconcile their multiple identities, and reimagine their place in the world, 3) enabling African American male youth to take action in their own lives and in their communities, and 4) transforming LIS education and research to bring about change in library resources, services, and programs for Black male youth.
The outcome of the summit is a call to action for the library community. We agree with Dr. Ernest Morrell who stated in his keynote address, “summits are important, but it is going to take all of us dedicating our lives to end this achievement gap.” It is no longer sufficient simply to discuss what libraries “could” do or what libraries “should” do. It is time for the library community to act.
This video provides a short introduction of the research being done. The above information is from a report written and edited by Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Kafi Kumasi, Casey H. Rawson, and Amanda Hitson. This report can be downloaded without charge at: Building a Bridge to Literacy, bridgetolit.web.unc.edu/
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