Somaly Kim Wu, Digital Scholarship Librarian at the J. Murrey Atkins Library, was an invited panelist for the December Metrolina Library Association Mid-Winter Event. The panel was entitled “Working with a Diverse Library Population” and included speakers from UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The Metrolina Library Association is a professional organization of librarians and paraprofessionals from public, academic, school and special libraries and of other individuals interested in libraries from the Charlotte area.
Kim Wu has been a part of the American Library Association “Discovering Librarianship: The Future is Overdue” project for the past three years. This project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and supports the training of early career librarians to serve as recruiters to the field of librarianship. Kim Wu has been active nationally, in the Charlotte region, and on the campus in leading events to raise awareness about librarianship as a vibrant and rewarding career path for students and to recruit ethnically diverse high school and college students to careers in libraries.
Kim Wu discussed both her background and what led her to librarianship and opportunities for library programs and libraries to continue to increase the diversity of their staff. In addition to her leadership for aspiring librarians through the ALA diversity program, Kim Wu has authored a chapter in the recently published “Jump-Start Your Career as a Digital Librarian: A [Library and Information Technology Association] LITA Guide.”