Diversity 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 […]

Diversifying a Collection

December 8, 2009

I found an article that gives an example of how to diversify a library’s collection. The example takes place at the Old Dominion University Library in Norfolk Virginia. First identify the minority groups that are within the community, in this example this could be done by looking at the enrollment records of the University 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Mangaholic: Japanese University Opens Manga Library

November 6, 2009

Please allow me in these few humble sentences to bring up a topic of personal interest. Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan has recently decided to open a library specifically devoted to manga. To be completed in 2015, the library can store “two million comic books, animation drawings, video games and other artifacts.”  Amazing!  Manga has […]

Comically Fat!

November 5, 2009

You have probably heard negative stereotyping examples towards African Americans, Hispanics, women, you name it, in literature. Little House on the Prairie for example carries a slew of negativity directed towards Native Americans. Don’t believe me? Just read Birchbark House in conjunction with it and look at the portrayals of Native Americans in both books. […]