In this exchange of data and ideas, representatives from the publishing and library worlds will discuss the challenges of bringing more diversity to their respective fields. In February 2016, Lee & Low Books released the Diversity Baseline Survey, the first comprehensive survey of diversity among publishing professionals. The survey revealed that the industry still has a long way to go when it comes to inclusivity. Data from ALA's Office of Research and Statistics reveals similar statistics for the library profession. Survey creator Jason Low (Publisher, Lee & Low Books), survey administrator Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen (St. Catherine University MLIS Program Assistant Professor), and Dr. Kathy Rosa (Director, ALA Office for Research and Statistics) will discuss what the numbers tell us about the problem. How can data on diversity in the publishing and library world help guide future initiatives to address this problem?
Meeting Type: Conversation Starter
Interests: Children's Literature, Diversity, Equity of Access, Human Resources, Multicultural Services, Personnel and Staffing, Research and Statistics, Urban Libraries, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
Type of Library: Academic, Elementary School, High School, Library School, Middle School, Native, Public, School/Media Center, Special
Cost: Included with full conference registration.