Auditing Diversity in Library Collections, with Sarah Voels
Circulating Ideas 231
CI230 Show Notes
In Circulating Ideas, Episode 230, I chatted with Sarah Voels, author of Auditing Diversity in Library Collections, about her path to librarianship, why diversity audits are an essential tool for library collections, how to find diverse materials to add to collections, and how to get started in conducting a diversity audit.
Auditing Diversity in Library Collections
Library collections serve as a reflection of their communities and the wider world, and audits are the best way to assess the inclusivity of these collections. In this practical book, Sarah Voels helps libraries meet the challenge of doing a diversity audit.
The task of auditing a collection for its diversity is essential to the development of a reflective collection. Conducting a diversity audit gives library professionals a realistic and accurate assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the materials they provide their readers. Only with this information at hand can libraries work toward improvement. But what’s the best way to conduct an audit? What criteria should be used? How can audits be tailored to specific communities? How much will it cost, and how much time will it take?
Voels has taken away the guesswork by surveying a wide range of libraries that have performed diversity audits and sharing their successes and challenges. She suggests best practices while acknowledging that each library’s specific situation will be unique. All libraries considering a diversity audit will benefit from this guide.
Sarah Voels is the director of Vogel Library at Wartburg College. She previously worked in collection development, where she began her research and study on diversity audits. These efforts have drawn national attention, and she has presented her findings at multiple conferences, including the Iowa Library Association, Public Library Association, and United for Libraries.
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Iowa Flood of 2008 [Wikipedia]
Auditing Diversity in Library Collections [ABC-CLIO]
Teen Librarian Toolbox [SLJ]
“Diversity Audit: Assessing Your Collection” [Teen Librarian Underground]
“Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
Diverse Book Finder - Bates College
Was the Cat in the Hat Black? by Phillip Nel
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