Description: In this powerful book, Ijeoma Oluo provides a straightforward discussion of race in America and it’s impact on communities of color. Organized around questions such as “What are microaggressions? and What is the model minority myth? Oluo provides insight into how to have conversations about all aspects of race that continue to challenge Americans, especially White Americans.
Citation: Oluo, Ijeoma. So You Want to Talk About Race. New York, Seal Press, 2018.
Format: Online Community
Description: EmbraceRace is an online, multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities. Provides a free, monthly online series on talking to children about race, a blog, and additional resources such as tip sheets, booklists, and more.
Description: The Making Gay History podcast draws on audio archives of rare interviews conducted by Eric Marcus for his award-winning oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. The podcasts (3 seasons worth so far) provide “intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.”
Description: In 2012, ACRL adopted a set of diversity standards which emphasize the need and obligation of academic libraries to serve and advocate for racial and ethnically diverse constituencies. While the standards were developed for academic libraries, they are applicable to libraries that serve youth. The standards provide definitions for terms such as cultural competency, as well as concrete descriptions of what culturally competent library staff do to meet the needs of their diverse communities.
Description: This article proposes a conceptual framework for developing cultural competence for LIS professionals and identifies three domains in which cultural competence is developed: cognitive, interpersonal, and environmental. The development of cultural competence within these domains is discussed, and essential elements needed to develop cultural competence within the domains are identified.
Citation: Patricia Montiel Overall, “Cultural Competence: A Conceptual Framework for Library and Information Science Professionals,” The Library Quarterly 79, no. 2 (April 2009): 175-204.
Description: In this article, discusses the work she and her group of colleagues from different religious backgrounds do to help library staff better serve teens who identify as conservative. The team defines conservative as, “teens who prefer not to read about certain kinds of things—sex, drug use, and teens who are perceived as being bad influences—in their recreational reading.” The article offers tips for serving conservative teens, advice on planing inclusive displays, and highlights recommended titles.
Citation: May, Nichole Jenks. Serving Conservative Teens,” School Library Journal, March 4, 2015.
Description: In this book, Sue shares strategies for engaging in conversations about race-related topics in productive ways . He explains why conversations about racial issues are so difficult, and provides guidelines, techniques, and advice for navigating and leading honest and forthright discussions, emphasizing the importance of these conversations in our increasingly multicultural society.
Citation: Sue, D. W. (2015). Race talk and the conspiracy of silence: Understanding and facilitating difficult dialogues on race. New York: Wiley.
Format: TED Talk
Description: In this TED Talk, diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes and biases we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: “Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable.”
Description: In this report, Hanover Research provides an overview of literature related to building cultural competency at the school district level. The report examines characteristics of culturally responsive schools and discusses strategies for fostering cultural competency among district staff. While focused on school districts and schools, the topics included are applicable to library systems and branches.
Citation: Hanover Research. “Strategies for Building Cultural Competency,” Arlington, VA: Hanover Research, 2014.
Description: Welcoming Schools is a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. On their website they provide resources for elementary educators to: welcome diverse families, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students. The website includes research and data, laws and policies, tips, films, and lesson plans. While the focus is on schools, the resources can be used by library staff to ensure that their programs, services, and collections are welcoming to youth ages 5-11 and their families.
Description: We Are the Youth is a photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of queer youth in the United States. The project aims to capture the incredible diversity and uniqueness among LGBTQ youth. Since June 2010, We Are the Youth has profiled more than 100 young people across the United States, thus making their lives and experiences visible in an honest and respectful way.
Description: Developed by the ALA GLBT roundtable, this toolkit gives a brief yet wide-ranging overview of best practices for serving LGBTQ+ populations and covers a variety of topics including user needs, collection development, terminology, programming, outreach, and recommended reading. There is also a list of practical tips to make the library a more welcoming place.
Description: This toolkit, created by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table, is designed to help librarians and library staff create meaningful library services for people who are experiencing homelessness. It includes model programs, advice on developing library polices, as well as steps to getting started.
Format: Resource list / website
Description: This resource list, created by Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, MLIS (firstname.lastname@example.org) and presented at the 2013 ALA Annual Meeting, provides resources library staff can use to learn more about youth who are experiencing homelessness, especially LGBTQ youth, and to develop inclusive services that directly support the needs of these youth.
Description: This article looks at the need for teachers to be culturally responsive and competent as schools and classrooms become increasingly linguistically and culturally diverse. It highlights five points of cultural difference with which all educators should be aware when interacting with students of diverse backgrounds.
Citation: Pratt-Johnson, Yvonne. “Communicating Cross-Culturally: What Teachers Should Know,” The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. XII, No. 2, February 2006
Description: The mission of Teaching Tolerance is “to reduce prejudice, improve intergroup relations and support equitable school experiences for our nation’s children.” Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors, library staff, and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. The materials include professional development resources that library staff can use to improve their own understanding of issues related to diversity and inclusiveness, as well as materials they can use with youth. The materials provided by Teaching Tolerance will help library staff create civil and inclusive library “communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.”
Format: TED Talk
Description: In this TED Talk, Kimberlé Crenshaw discusses intersectionality, the combination of race and gender bias, and the impact it has on the lives of Black women.
Format: Video / Spoken Word Poetry
Description: In these poems, 10 spoken word artists explore the complexities of bicultural identity, challenge stereotypes, and celebrate the richness of Latinos’ diverse and varied identities.
Description: The PEW Research Center Hispanic Trends provides up-to-date research on Latino and Hispanic communities in the U.S., including immigrants. Includes demographic data, trends, and more.
Format: Blog Posts
Description: For this two-part series, WebJunction takes a look at a complex and broad issue: racial equity in the library. Read “Racial Equity in the Library Part One: Where to Start?” for more context and information. Read “Racial Equity in the Library, Part Two: Diverse Collections, Programming, Resources” to learn what library staff across the country are doing to promote racial equity in their communities.
Links: Part 1: http://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/racial-equity-partone.html
Part 2: http://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/racial-equity-parttwo.html
Description: In this comprehensive book, library professionals and scholars share best practices and strategies that convey the critical need for diversity in the LIS field, library programming, and resources to better reflect the rich and varied experiences and information needs of Asian Americans in the US and beyond.
Citation: Clarke, J. H., Pun, R., & Tong, M. (2017). Asian American librarians and library services activism, collaborations, and strategies. Rowman & Littlefield.
Description: “When Your Hands Are Tied” is a freely available educational film that explores the unique ways in which young Native people are finding to express themselves in the contemporary world while maintaining strong traditional lives.
Format: Tip Sheet
Description: This tip sheet, created by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, provides concrete tips to help library staff provide services to English language learners. While focused on public libraries, the tips are applicable to school libraries too.
Format: Resource list
Description: This resource list, developed by school librarian Kathyrn Cole, provides a wealth of resources to help educators understand, examine, and dismantle racism in the United States. It includes videos, recommended fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, and books to use with youth to discuss racism.
Description: In this article written for School Administrator, Paul Gorski discusses three common poverty ideologies. He challenges readers to adopt a structural ideology which focuses on removing the inequities people experiencing poverty contend with on a daily basis.
Citation: Gorski, P. C. (2016). Reexamining beliefs about poverty and education. School Administrator 73, 16-20.
Description: This paper explores the critical role libraries play in helping children make cross-cultural connections and develop skills necessary to function in a culturally pluralistic society.
Citation: Naidoo, J. (2014). The importance of diversity in library programs and material collections for children. Association for Library Service to Children.
Format: TED Talk
Description: A short, powerful piece by Clint Smith about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.
Format: Resource list
Description: This resource list, developed by Edutopia, provides strategies for engaging English-language learners. Topics range from literacy instruction to arts and technology integration.
Format: Journal Issue
Description: This issue of Educational Leadership features 14 articles about working with English Language Learners. Topics include getting to know their families, amplifying their voices, and developing effective library programs, plus more. Members of ASCD can access the issue with their membership. You can check out your local academic library to see if they subscribe or you can purchase the issue for $8.95.
Citation: Various authors (2016). Educational Leadership 73(5).
Description: This article written by Colorín Colorado Manager Lydia Breiseth provides ideas for getting to know your English language learners. The article includes guidance on what information will be helpful to gather as well as ideas on how to find what you need, who will be able to help, and recommended resources.