Teen Topics Collection

I have wanted to create a Teen Topics collection for years, since I got my first school library job in 2016. During my brief return to public libraries in 2019-2020, I got to work with a similar collection. However, it was poorly promoted and managed by the system, and the youth services librarians had little control over the content. When I returned to school libraries in 2020, I knew I wanted to create this kind of collection at my new school. Took me a while to sort out budgets and backend stuff, but this month I finally got to launch it. So let’s walk through these collections: what they are, how they can be beneficial, and how I put mine together.

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How Labeling Books as “Diverse” Reinforces White Supremacy

Every so often, the question of whether or not to add a spine label designating “diverse” books makes the rounds. Many condemn the practice, but lots of library staff persist in labeling. Like most diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues in librarianship, many of my colleagues are still operating within a white (and cisgender and heterosexual) supremacist framework. It is an understandable predicament to be in – after all, many library degree programs are not as strong as they could be in advocating for DEI and decolonization. So let’s examine the question of diversity labeling and see if we can’t get to a better understanding of why it’s problematic…

Read the rest of this essay at Lee & Low Books Open Book Blog.