Can you ever have enough information on collection development? No way! Find resources on building a diverse youth collection below.
WLA YSS Sessions in Short: Diversify Me! – YSS Blog Post November 7, 2017
Jenni Frencham, YSS Member and Youth Services Director at the Columbus Public Library, presented an excellent and informative session called “Diversify Me! Incorporating Diverse Titles into Your Collections, Displays and Programming.” It was an ideal follow-up to this year’s preconference and was also an outstanding example of how to implement diversity in the library right now.
Here is a link to the slides and here is a link to the handout she shared from Children and Libraries Fall 2015 issue on “Awards that Celebrate Diversity in Children’s Literature” compiled by Laura Schulte-Cooper. Both will be posted on the WLA Conference Program Handouts page in the near future.
Jenni described ways to do a shelf audit to see how many diverse titles are already in your collection, reminders to include diversity in your program publicity and flyers, bias in holiday collections, including books with diverse characters in Storytimes, incorporating diversity into passive readers advisory, and other practical tips.
Author: Sarah Cournoyer
Diverse Books and BadgerLink – WI Libraries Are For Everyone Blog Post December 12, 2017.
As discussions about personalized learning and equity become more prevalent in education, librarians are reminded to consider the inclusivity of their collections. As you consider adding diverse selections, BadgerLink is a fabulous tool for selecting new titles.
NoveList and NoveList K-8
Using the Advanced Search feature in NoveList or NoveList K-8 you can search by subject, genre, or appeal factor. Here are some search examples of things you can find.
Is one of your library users looking for a book about friendship that have characters with a variety of abilities?
What if your patron comes in asking for a book featuring someone with Down syndrome?
Maybe your book club is looking for a great book to discuss at your next meeting. A search for culturally diverse and character driven will give your book club plenty to talk about!
Looking for books with African American characters for your story time? Try this search.
Try mixing and matching these search terms:
- African American
- Asian American
- Learning Disabilities
- Jewish Americans
- Interfaith families
- Interethnic relations
- LGBTQIA fiction
- Multicultural romances
AP Appeal Factors
- Ability diverse
- Culturally diverse
- LGBTQIA diverse
- Religiously diverse
For future reference, BadgerLink has added some training guides to help you find fiction books with diverse characters! Find these materials and more on the BadgerLink Training page: https://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/training.
Finding Book Reviews
Once you find book titles, you may want to read a book review to determine if the book is appropriate for your collection.
BadgerLink has put together a video tutorial to walk you through how to search for book reviews!
Here are a couple other recommended online resources to explore.
Cooperative Children’s Book Center
We Need Diverse Books
Social Justice Books