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

About This Blog

This blog is for EVERYONE; the “Average” person encompassing all our experiences.

HATE HATE! Celebrate the hate. Diversity, who needs it?

When was the last time you heard someone say this in a serious tone? No one screams this out loud in the streets, in the classroom, in a library. And I’m not talking about the ‘extremists’ who rally against African Americans, or Hispanics, or LGBT, or the disabled. I’m talking about average people. Average people don’t go around yelling this in the streets…or do they?

Here, WE, will throw together ideas on multiculturalism and diversity, in as far as the definition of those two words extends in relation to libraries. Think libraries are havens for freedom of speech? What are your beliefs reading this blog and how have you fought for them? How have you seen diversity in libraries? Have you looked? STAND, SPEAK, let us KNOW.

Group members:

Tamie Bird
Margaret Rainwater
Jessica Morales
Gal Warshai

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8 Responses to “About This Blog”

  1. Hey, yo,

    Just checking to make sure you know that gay men and lesbians really don’t like being called “homosexuals” which makes it sound like some sort of disease–in fact, gay people were routinely medically tortured until the medical and psychiatric establishment finally had to admit that being gay is just a different way of being normal. And some pseudo-scientists still do medically torture people–usually teens–to try to make them go straight. So for lots of reasons, please don’t use the word homosexual! If you are uncomfortable saying gay, lesbian, bi, or trans, it will be difficult to serve these folks in your library.

    Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the advice 🙂 Sorry if I offended anyone.

    • For archival purposes, the original entry stated,
      “…And I’m not talking about the ‘extremists’ who rally against African Americans, or Hispanics, or homosexuals, or the disabled. I’m talking about…”

  3. Sure–your hypothetical extremists use the preferred term for African Americans though! Maybe they aren’t so extreme after all? Though, to be sure, lots of folks who fit in the demographic category “Hispanic” also find it problematic, as do many “disabled” people.

    No offense taken, just trying to educate.

  4. Hey – I love your blog! Overall, I think this is a controversial topic but it does a good job in covering the topic. It was also nice to see the strong range of responses from readers.

    Comments:
    One of the best design features is your “Categories” feature; I love how with just one click I would just be able to focus on diversity of the staff or collections. Another interesting feature is the comics section, but the third one is not legible (thought you would like to know). On the “Detroit Local Events,” the page should be continually updated or dropped. It was creative to see that your blog decided to include Discussion Questions/Topics and Suggested Readings; these are a great ways to get discussions started. I also liked seeing things like the two viewpoints non-stereotypical & stereotypical children’s literature.

    Suggestions:
    Add more pictures (ex: show an obese literary character (if there is an image), it elicits more emotion) and widgets (offer a poll or something like that)! Since your subject is so rich in facts and statistics perhaps do something like a fact of the week (ex: By age 7 children conform to most prejudices).

    Overall – great job & I like your overall layout and color pallet.

  5. I think your group has done a really nice job with the blog. You cover a wide range of topics concerning diversity/multiculturalism and you do so in depth. It really shows that everyone in the group put a lot of thought into the posts, especially with the addition of discussion questions and reading recommendations. I have really enjoyed reading through the posts and I think they are thought-provoking. So overall, great job!

    Some further comments/suggestions:

    I think the “Contributors” section that has author links on the side is a good feature. Each link takes you to all the posts made by that person. This is great for readers of the blog to be able to quickly find the posts by a blogger that they may particularly like. So again, it is a quick and easy navigational tool, especially since there are multiple bloggers for one blog. However, I think it may be a good idea to move the “Contributors” closer to the top of the side panel. That way it will be easier for readers to spot and they will not miss it as they scroll down the page.

    On the side panel you have “Archives” that have links to posts from October and November. Then further down on the side panel you have an actual calendar for the current month and links for the previous month;s calender with the days with posts highlighted. It seems to me that this is another kind of archives section. So maybe it is not necessary to have both the “Archives” section and the calendars? But then again, I understand that the calender shows the current month (with links to previous months), so I see why you have included it. This was just an observation.

    I think this may be a WordPress thing (so I do not know if there is anything you can do about it), but having a link to post comments at the end of articles would be nice, instead of having to scroll back to the top after you have finished reading the article.

    Like Lynette said, the “Detroit Local Events” should be updated more. I think including this section is a really good idea. Perhaps do some research of local libraries to see what kinds of diversity and multiculturalism events that they have going on and then link to them?

    Again, awesome blog!

  6. I like the topic that your blog focuses around. It shows the many issues that accompany diversity in libraries. I especially enjoy the posts specific to children’s literature. I do not think many people realize how non-diverse most children’s literature is. This can influence a children’s desire to read and develop a love for reading, so I am glad you are brining it to light. One of my favorite children’s authors that was on the cutting edge of diversity in children’s literature was Ezra Jack Keats. He pushed the boundaries and brought multicultural characters and themes into his children’s books. It might be cool to do posts that focus on specific authors and illustrators like Keats, who have crossed multicultural boundaries and changed the face literally of children’s literature.

    I also really enjoy the categorize features that appears at the bottom of each post. I think that is a great feature that you adapted to your blog.

    One thing that makes this blog sometimes hard to read is the color combination. My eyes have a hard time with the bright orange combined with the stark contrast of the dark grey, making the blog sometimes hard to read. Other than that I love what you’re group is doing with the blog! Keep up the great work!

  7. Hey guys! I really enjoyed reading through your blog. I found it very informative, and the topics were varied and thorough. I liked that you offered many different aspects of the idea of diversity in libraries, and you mentioned solutions to as many problems that were brought up! I thought the discussion questions at the end of a lot of the blogs was a great way to bring in conversation from other readers and to reach out to your audience. I also like the “diversity discussions” tool on the sidebar! I thought the organization of the blog was fantastic. I really liked that the group seperated different blogs into categories. It made it much easier to find a specific blog, or to find a topic that may interest a particular reader. The only suggestion I have concerns the color of the blog. After reading for a while the orange color tended to be a little bit too bright for my eyes. But other than that, you guys have done great work on your blog!


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