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Wednesday, October 16 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Poster #22 -- I Did a Diversity Audit and Why You Should, Too

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Ensuring our libraries have a diverse collection of books allows patrons to encounter books as windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors, as Rudine Sims Bishop described. It may be difficult, however, for many of us to be certain of the actual representation in our collection. Does the collection accurately represent the community, and should it? Does it offer ample opportunity for patrons to learn about other cultures? Are people and topics represented authentically? Are the authors telling their own stories or trying to tell someone else’s? I embarked on a diversity audit of the picture book collection to answer these questions as well as others, and I was shocked at what I learned about the collection and myself. This poster will explain why I began this project, the process I used, what I discovered, and how I am using that information to improve my collection.


Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
Piedmont 1-3