Libraries Prepare for Demographic Shift

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The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is in Kansas City this week, where librarians, authors, and students who are interested in library careers will come together to try and make libraries a better resource for the demographic shift.

Demographers predict that by the year 2050, African Americans, Asian, Latino and Native Americans will make up the majority of Americans. For many new Americans, U.S. libraries are some of the first places to provide help in learning how to read, write, and speak English.

Gloria Tibbs, of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Local Arrangements Committee and Patricia Barra, an elementary education major at University of Missouri Kansas City explain how libraries are preparing for the shift. For more information, visit,

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