Libraries can play an important role in their communities by embracing diversity, in part by developing diverse collections and programs. Recognized as trusted spaces that welcome everyone, libraries can help people to develop understanding and respect for people who are from diverse backgrounds and who have diverse perspectives.
Diverse Collections: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights: This web page from the ALA provides guidance on best practices in collection development
Cultural Literacy Programs in Your Library: This handout from Jamie Naidoo lists organizations and other resources relating to the development of cultural literacy programs in the library.
Learn more about diversity and related issues in libraries by listening to these archived webinars.
We Know Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are Important… Now What?: Are you aware of the basics of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), but unsure of how to move forward with staff training in your organization? It seems like everyone is talking about equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), but what does it really mean to put these values into practice at your library? In this 2018 webinar, the presenters provide a "starter kit" for EDI training in libraries.
Celebrating Diversity & Multiculturalism through Crafts: Learning about different cultural aspects offers unique and new experiences for children. Hands-on craft activities provide an interactive and fun way to introduce children to the concept of diversity and multiculturalism. In this 2019 webinar, the presenters define diversity and multiculturalism, cultural appropriateness, and highlight crafts and activities that help teach children to respect and celebrate the differences in all people.
Using Social Media as a Tool to Advocate Diversity and Inclusion: Social media is a great way to start dialogue and conversations about a variety of topics and to meet customers where they are. This 2019 webinar demonstrates how to use humor, pop culture, children’s materials, and more, to advocate for diverse communities, and to speak up when necessary.
STEAM Programming for Diverse Populations: In a landscape where children of color tend to have fewer STEAM opportunities in school and extracurriculars, the library can aim to fill these gaps for their communities. This 2016 webinar explores why it is necessary to offer STEAM programs for diverse youth and teen populations, and will include a variety of ideas for programs and resources for finding and creating your own programs.