Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
A qualitative study was conducted using semi-structured interviews to describe how seven black male librarians' dual minority status within the profession influences the construction of their professional identities. Recently, successful professional identity construction has become an important theme in career literature because it has often been associated with career success. However, career literature fails to link the influence social identities have on the construction of professional identity, particularly if those identities are in some way marginalized within that profession and/or stigmatized within the society at large. Black male librarians hold both a marginalized and stigmatized identity in their profession and American society through their race and gender. Yet, in Library and Information Science (LIS) literature, there is little focus on the intersection between professional and stigmatized social identities, particularly when it comes to race and gender. This study addresses the knowledge gap in LIS literature.