Diversity Articles

LGBTQ books are being censored in middle schools. Authors are speaking out. (David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly, August 2019)

Tackling the Racism in Children’s Classics. (Lindsey Patrick, Nashville Public Library Blog, 2019)

In Was the Cat in the Hat Black?, author Philip Nel examines the racist illustrations present in a number of Dr. Seuss’s works, and points out racism present in other children’s classics. Many of these books are on our shelves.


Economic Contributions of Refugees in Utah

The Contribution of New Americans in Utah (Report by New American Economy, August 2016)

Judging Books by their Covers. (Jalissa Corrie, The Open Book Blog, Lee & Low Books)

The power of book covers! “While the old chestnut about not judging a book by its cover is excellent advice when it comes to the people in our lives, books are another matter. I like to help my students appreciate all the work that goes into the creation of a book, including the often overlooked role of the designers who put so much effort into creating appealing covers.”

You Just Went Full Sir on the Ma’am: How to Apologize for Misgendering Someone. (Janie Porche, The Toast)
“I am a smallish woman with short hair who is called ‘sir’ roughly once a week… Gender is weird, and hair is even weirder – but let’s go through some Dos and Don’ts regarding what happens next.”

Intersections | Improve your Customer Service Skills: Go Gender Neutral! (Micah Kehrein, ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services)
“Using less gendered language when working with and describing our patrons creates an environment that is more welcoming of gender diversity.”

Of Warrior Chiefs and Indian Princesses: The Psychological Consequences of American Indian Mascots (Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 30:208–218, 2008)

Four studies examined the consequences of American Indian mascots and other prevalent representations of American Indians on aspects of the self-concept for American Indian students. When exposed to Chief Wahoo, Chief Illinwek, Pocahontas, or other common American Indian images, American Indian students generated positive associations but reported depressed state self-esteem, and community worth, and fewer achievement-related possible selves. We suggest that American Indian mascots are harmful because they remind American Indians of the limited ways others see them and, in this way, constrain how they can see themselves.

Talking with Kids about Race and Racism at Oakland Public Library (WebJunction)

Children’s Librarian Miriam Medow from Oakland Public Library organized a panel discussion on how to talk with kids about race and racism. Medow wrote about the experience for WebJunction and the entire panel is available to listen to online.

Racial Equity in the Library (WebJunction)

For this two-part series, WebJunction takes a look at a complex and broad issue: racial equity in the library. As we participate in conversations about the future of the library and its critical place within the community, equity issues continue to surface. We acknowledge that this subject could span a book series, so these articles are not meant to be all-inclusive looks at racial equity in the library, but rather a place for libraries to start or to continue the process of understanding, listening, and conversing.

Where is the diversity in publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey results
by Jason Low. January 26, 2016

An important article that explores the results and implications of the study initiated by Lee & Low to look at the diversity within the publishing industry and more specifically, the diversity of staff working in publishing houses. The “Notes and Analysis: What the Numbers Tell Us” and “What’s Next?” sections are important reading for anyone interested in how diversity issues have an impact on libraries.