From Roll Call:
The Library of Congress could soon have the first African American and first woman chief librarian in its 200-year history. But some employees worry that the expected arrival of Carla D. Hayden won’t be enough to end a decades-long struggle with discrimination and diversity in its workforce.
“Yeah, she’d make history,” said Priscilla Ijeomah, who has worked at the library for nearly 30 years. But she said that if Hayden doesn’t make changes, “all it will be is history.”
The LOC has been working to limit discrimination and bolster minority representation. But some, including a union president, believe the institution still has a long way to go.
The library currently has 3,297 employees, 57 percent of whom are white. Roughly 30 percent are African-American, 8 percent are Asian-American, and just under 3 percent are Hispanic, according to data provided by a library spokeswoman.Though the library’s racial diversity exceeds the rest of the federal workforce, some workers say they still struggle to receive promotions or raises.
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