American Library Association releases new data to update Diversity Counts report

According to 2010 U.S. Census data and new data for the American Library Association’s Diversity Counts report:

  • Latinos compose 16.3 percent of the population, but just 3.1 percent of credentialed librarians and 9 percent of library assistants;
  • African Americans compose 12.6 percent of the population, but just 5.1 percent of credentialed librarians and 9.3 percent of library assistants;
  • Asian and Pacific Islanders compose 5 percent of the population, but just 2.7 percent of credentialed librarians and  5.5 percent of library assistants;
  • Native Americans were less than 1 percent of the population and just 0.2 percent of credentialed librarians and 0.7 percent of library assistants.