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KEYWORDS. Diversity, communication, higher education, management, teaching, instruction, organizational success, academic library management


In many organizations and certainly in the private sector, generally, there is the realization among managers and researchers that the reasons for promoting and fostering diversity within organizations go beyond the fact that it is a good thing to do. The justification for diversity efforts is often the important consideration of the increasingly diverse population, as well as past inequities and cun'ent unfairness. However, cutting-edge research in the study of diversity has highlighted the documented connection between investment in diversity and organizational success and perfonnance, which will be discussed below. While it is important to point out that, thus far, the direct causal relationship between investment in diversity and organizational success has not yet been detennined and the research to date has focused on private sector organizations, there are important implications with regard to colleges and universities, including academic libraries. As many colleges and universities and academic libraries invest significant resources in support of diversity, one of the implications relates to the educational preparation of graduates of library and infonnation science programs, who are expected to contribute to the organizational success of their employers.