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…
The ALSC Board of Directors and ALSC President Vice President/President-Elect Nina Lindsay will be hosting an ALSC Community Forum live chat on the topic of diversity, inclusion, and support for youth.
Tolerance: noun a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own. the act or capacity of enduring; endurance: My tolerance of noise is limited.
In the wake of this week’s shocking tragedy in Orlando, we are all reminded yet again of the grave importance and urgency of creating and nurturing a culture of inclusiveness and respect in the world.