Blogger Nina Lindsay

Intellectual Freedom and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

It is summer, and my libraries have been slinging lunches along with fun. We’ve been doing it for years, and it’s been hard for me to describe exactly why serving lunch in the library feels so right; until I read Mack Freedman’s post on Libraries and Summer Food Programs at ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom blog this May.   It had never occurred to me to look at food service through an Intellectual Freedom lens, but he points out accurately that these programs “enable a level of access to the library’s services that would otherwise be unavailable due to the effects that hunger can have on learning and involvement.” So I was glad to see ALA Council adopt Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Interpretations to the Library Bill of Rights at Annual conference.  It provides a framework for exploring why we provide the services we do in the way we do,…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Engage Teen Tween Inclusion – Inspiring Día Celebrations

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) – is just around the corner. Dig Deeper This year include teens and tweens.  Educate them about the humanitarian crisis that continues on the U.S.-Mexico border. According to  No More Deaths / No Más Muertes, an Arizona-based advocacy group, “no one has any information on the role of public libraries and the digital search for missing migrants”.  Similarly the Colibri Center for Human Rights reports that they do not “make any targeted use of public libraries for…casework or outreach. However, many families learn about us and contact us via Facebook or our website…some of these families use public libraries as a resource to get on the internet.” Introduce teens and tweens to Duncan Tonatiuh‘s work through Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, his art, his blog and videos of interviews with this exceptional artist, activist and author. The most famous Hispanic-Americans You’ve Never Heard Of There…

ALA Midwinter 2017

Welcoming rainbow families in your library #alamw17

I’m belatedly blogging about the incredibly valuable ALSC Mini Institute session on Friday, “Serving ALL Families in Your Library: Inclusive Library Collections & Programs for LGBTQ Families & Children,” presented by Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo (University of Alabama) and Megan Roberts (LGBT Center of Raleigh Library). Whether you know it or not, if you serve young people in your library this session is relevant to your work. In the US there are over 125,000 same-sex couples raising children, between 2-3.7 million children under the age of 18 growing up with an LGBTQ parent or parents, and LGBTQ families are present in 96% of counties, many in rural and suburban communities, not just major cities. There are also the legions of LGBTQ young people growing up everywhere around the country. For ease of discussion, Campbell Naidoo and Roberts used the term “rainbow families,” and I’ll do the same here. What do these…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Build a Better World through Inclusion and Diversity

Why inclusion? We can do better in terms of inclusion.  We must do better.  As youth services librarians we do not simply purchase and organize books.  Nor do we mindlessly offer programming.  We think about what we are doing.  We fill needs in our community, the people we represent and the people who rely on us.  Inclusion will fill this need and much more. The struggle with diversity: As of February 2015, we are still behind in diverse children’s literature:     Isn’t quality children’s literature enough?   Quality children’s literature builds strength in readers. Getting children to pick up a book and read it speaks to how well the book reflects their lives.  Creating a collection and designing programming that are diverse welcomes patrons from a range of cultural backgrounds.  Above all, our efforts will encourage empathy by helping kids better understand their similarities and differences.   The world we live in is only increasing…