Diversity in Libraries
A blog for exploring and discussing the topics of diversity and multiculturalism in libraries.

Archive for November 2009

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November 28, 2009

By: Jessica Morales The University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Department of Library and Information Studies held a summit this month. The focus was Information, Diversity, Engagement, Access and Libraries (iDEALS). The Summit begins with an inspirational message of the importance of serving diverse communities. Then keynote speaker, ALA president, Camila Alire presents on the importance […]

Local Author Tara Michener Promotes Diversity in Children’s Books

November 23, 2009

By Margaret Rainwater Well, after posting on stereotypical children’s literature like The Story of Little Black Sambo, I thought it might be a good idea to post an example of non-stereotypical literature. Today, while listening to Detroit Today on NPR’s WDET 101.9, I was able to hear radio host Craig Fahle’s interview with local children’s […]

How do you define a collection?

November 19, 2009

By: Gal Warshai A collection is hard to define because it has many variables which will determine the choices of what will be included. There are many different types of libraries in existence and each has a different approach to what is wanted or needed in that specific library or library system. One variable is […]

Multicultural Programming for Dummies

November 18, 2009

Planning events that fairly represent a group of people is easier said than done. How do you portray a culture without conforming to stereotypes, educate people at the same time, and involve everyone? Librarians, or anyone for that matter, trying to incorporate diversity into their events are baffled to this day by this question because, […]

Do books that promote stereotypes belong in libraries?

November 18, 2009

By Margaret Rainwater In her article on “Questioning Your Collection,” Toby Rajput discusses The Council on Interracial Books for Children’s (CIBC) “10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children’s Books for Racism and Sexism” originally published in 1974 and offers a set of questions for school media specialists and youth librarians to consider when evaluating their collections. […]

“Digital Natives” Diversifying Library Services

November 18, 2009

By: Jessica Morales Digital Native? Idaho has created or rather brought attention to the term “digital native”. As defined by the Idaho Commissions for Libraries (ICFL) a digital native is: “The generation growing up with computers and the internet since infancy.” The ICFL contracted a research group to determine the views that digital natives have […]

The Importance of Having a Diverse Staff

November 17, 2009

  By: Jessica Morales While researching for advantages to maintaining a diverse staff the following reasons became common to me as I saw them repeated in slight variations in different articles. A cultural staff would be beneficial in deciding service and materials for specific groups of library patrons Staff members who are bi-lingual can help […]

Have plans for July 14-16 2010? How about a diversity conference?

November 16, 2009

By Margaret Rainwater In 2010 from July 14-16, the National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) will take place in Princeton, New Jersey. This biennial conference is a chance for library professionals to discuss issues related to diversity, especially those affecting the northeastern states. The theme of the conference will be “From Groundwork to Action.” Proposals […]

Diversity in Staff

November 16, 2009

By Jessica Morales Close your eyes and picture a librarian. What do you see? “Credentialed librarians are predominantly women ages 45-54 and white.” (“Diversity Research and Statistics,” June 13, 2008) In 2000, 89 percent of credentialed librarians selected white as their ethnicity while the U.S. census declared that 75.1 percent of the population was white. […]

Do libraries need diversity statements in addition to misssion statements?

November 15, 2009

By Margaret Rainwater When deciding what to write for my first blog entry, I thought it best to begin with a definition of diversity. Though it seems like a simple enough term, I found it hard to put into words and began to wonder how other libraries and information professionals describe diversity. In a paper […]