About Us

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THE NEW YORK BLACK LIBRARIAN’S CAUCUS (NYBLC) is a collection of professionals, who believe that they are the “culture keepers” of history, tradition and community. We represent the library community’s collective interests. The Caucus works to expand professional, economic and networking opportunities for librarians, library support staff, board of trustees, institutions and those that love libraries.

By joining the Caucus, you will be united with professional men and women, who together ignite a powerful torch of strength, enthusiasm and imagination. NYBLC offers scholarships, books awards, and a host of services provided for Caucus members including programs, job listings, and so much more. You can benefit tremendously from the numerous executive offices, committees, presentations, and professional development workshops.

I encourage you to support this dynamic organization through membership and discover the many benefits your participation will reap for you and the community.

The CAUCUS needs your support and energetic involvement as we continue working to make progress in the library community.Together we will make a difference.

Our History

In 1970 a group of Black Librarians met to address the problems resulting from widespread racism in their profession. The problems fell into two major categories: • Libraries in Black communities were most often inaccessible, had neglected facilities, and inadequate staffing and resources. It was increasingly evident that minority communities were being left behind in terms of access to the avalanche of information so indispensable in a rapidly changing technological society.

The Black Librarians’ professional advancement was consistently blocked by blatant restrictions. The members of the group that met over 40 years ago decided to take collective action. They founded an organization and named it the Black Librarians’ Caucus of Queens, since most of its members lived or worked in that borough. The problems that this group rallied around were so persuasive that librarians from the greater New York area soon joined the founding members. In 1975, the organization’s name was changed to the New York Black Librarian’s Caucus Inc.

Today, the Caucus is still a thriving, vital organization that strongly advocates for quality library services in all communities, broad professional opportunities for Black Librarians, bridging the Digital Divide and other important issues. Through the annual Donna Hoke Scholarship award, the Caucus assists at least two Black graduate students in pursuit of the master’s degrees in library and information science.

Caucus Objectives

The objective of this organization is to:

  • Promote professional growth Support library professionals
  • Disseminate information to improve the quality of library service in Black communities
  • Work for legislation that relates to libraries and librarians
  • Work for equal job opportunitie

Affiliates

The Caucus is an affiliate of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

 

Mission Statement

 

As an affiliate of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc.

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Keep In Touch
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To sign up for the listserv, interested people should send an email to nyblc+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

They will receive a message minutes later confirming that they want to subscribe to the listserv. The email subject line will begin with: "Join request for nyblc..."

The should open the email, click on the "Join The Group" button at the bottom of the email.

A new window will open. They should enter the email address they want to receive messages at the Captcha. Finally they should click on Subscribe.

Then they should receive a message within 48 - 72 hours confirming their subscription.

 

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New York Black Librarians Caucus Inc. P.O. Box 260605, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Phone: (929) 224-2331. Email: contactnyblc@gmail.com

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