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Ethelene Whitmire

Ethelene Whitmire

Ethelene Whitmire is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s School of Library & Information Studies in the United States. She received her Master’s of Library Service from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 1993, and an PhD in Higher Education from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 2001.

Ethelene Whitmire’s interest in diverse communities stems from growing up in the city of Passaic in the state of New Jersey in the United States. Her hometown is just 17 kilometers from New York City and a wide variety of immigrants from all over the world have settled in Passaic.

While writing her dissertation, she worked from 1997 -1999 at Yale University as a Librarian-in-Residence where she provided reference services, instruction and collection development. Ethelene was also an assistant professor at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Information Studies from 2005 to 2006.

 She is currently teaching courses in reference services, academic librarianship and information services to culturally diverse communities. Her library school students has conducted community analyses in diverse communities in Los Angeles including Egyptian and Iranian communities

When asked about her current research she answers:
“ My research now focuses on a biography of Regina Andrews, the first African American to head her own branch of the New York Public Library. Andrews served various immigrant groups in New York City from 1923 to 1965. I have blog documenting my journey as I work on the project, and a digital story about Andrews too. I’ve completed the book manuscript and I am working on a documentary about this exciting librarian.”

Ethelene’s personal interests include attending the theater and watching movies—especially Danish films. She also took a mystery writing class at UCLA and reading mysteries is one of her favorite hobbies. She is in the process of revising a manuscript for a library-related mystery she has written.