We Need Diverse Books invites you to a lively and dynamic discussion about the benefits and goals of highlighting books as diverse. Shelving choices play a major role in which books are checked out of libraries, and by whom. How does marking a book as diverse change who reads it? What is the value and harm of sections like LGBT+ and African-American literature? Is “Diverse Books” a theme for a display? What alternatives exist? How can we both celebrate and integrate diverse stories in library collections? Panelists will explore related questions and provide suggestions for organizing collections that draw attention to books about young people of color, Native youth, disabled kids, LGBTQIA+ children, and young people from marginalized religions, ethnicities, and cultures.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, UNO
Meeting Type: PopTop Stage
Cost: Included with full conference and exhibits only registration.