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

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WOW!

January 2, 2010

Recently, I discovered the Wow! or Worlds of Words website which is a site dedicated to reviewing children and adolescent literature around the world.  The site allows you to search and browse books within their database and also provides links to their two free online journals Wow Stories and Wow Reviews. Check it out if […]

New Resource for Hispanic Patrons?

December 9, 2009

Recently, I received an email through the Reforma (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) listserv about a new website designed to provide useful information and resources to Hispanics in the U.S.  The website is called HispanosInfo and is written in both Spanish and English.  (Look for […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

In the eye of the beholder

October 13, 2009

October 11, 2009

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 […]