Statements and Resources from Libraries
For Supporting Youth
Creating Diverse Collections
Booklists and Books
Multicultural Picture Books: A Deeper Look at Your Collection, introduction to Diverse BookFinder, a comprehensive collection of children's picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC), and the webinar recording, in WebJunction's Course Catalog.
Doing the Work Externally and Internally: Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, WebJunction webinar, December 5, 2019 (multiple resources listed on this webinar page)
Project READY (Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth), article about curriculum created by The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina (UNC SILS) at Chapel Hill, the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University, and the Wake County (NC) Public School System, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Tackling the Racism in Children's Classics, summary of Nashville Public Library blog series, October 16, 2019
Social Library, Antiracism Edition, July, 2020
UMass Amherst Libraries, Resources on Color and "Race"
Saint Paul Public Library, Resources on Race
Milwaukee Public Library, Statement on Race & Social Equity
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Here to Help: Community Resources
McCracken County Public Library, Black Lives Matter: A Resource Guide
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Introducing The African American Experience Book Lists
Oakland Public Library, A Letter to Oakland
William & Mary Libraries, The Antiracist Bookshelf
Public Library Association, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
Talking About Race, National Museum of African American History & Culture
Anti-Racism Resources for all ages, a collection of resources compiled by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Chair, The University of South Carolina
Anti-Racism Resources for White People, compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein
Scaffolded Anti-Racism Resources, a Google doc collection. “The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work.”
Campaign Zero, in addition to policy solutions for ending police violence, the site has an extensive research section with "studies, articles, and other documents to learn more about the historical context, effectiveness, and key considerations for implementing Campaign Zero policy solutions."
Police Use of Force Project, a database with access to use of force policies and related documents for the 100 largest U.S. city police departments.
Racial Equity Tools website, including Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity curriculum, sliding scale fee
In the wake of the racially motivated violence in Charleston, South Carolina, scholars and librarians collaborated on a bibliography to inform ongoing conversations about race relations. The vision is that by sharing knowledge in this way, new understanding, approaches and change can occur. Read this OCLC Member Story about the bibliography, and watch a video with the creators.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Resource Guide
Resisting Racism, a research guide from University of Washington Libraries
Racial Equity Tools, offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large
Resources & Tools Regarding Racism & Anti/Blackness & How to be a Better Ally, a Google doc collection maintained by Tatum Dorrell, Matt Herndon and Jourdan Dorrell
Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power, and Privilege, “MSW@USC, the online Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California
Equity & Access of Access: What’s the Difference? - American Library Association, prepared by Nancy Kranich
Equality, diversity and inclusion resources, Imperial College London
The Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley is a hub of engaged scholars, researchers, strategic communicators, policymakers, and community partners working to advance belonging for all members of society.
Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series, Oakland Public Library
Black Excellence in LIS Syllabus, a collaborative syllabus, edited by T-Kay San Juan
LibVoices podcast. Hear from librarians of color speak to the fullness of their careers including successes, challenges, and achievements.
EmbraceRace, 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. See 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance.
Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race and Anti-Racism 102: Why Not All Racial Discrimination is ‘Racism’, Raising Luminaries, Books for Littles
Anti-racism Resources, intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work a document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020
What we know about bias in children and what we can do (pdf), a handout researched and created by Blythe Summers, MLIS
The Tenents, developed and disseminated by the Tenets Initiative, the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families (Tenets) are a set of ten strategies and tools for strengthening the commitment and capacity of professionals, organizations and systems that serve infants, children and families to embed diversity, inclusion and equity principles into their work. Latest edition, 2018
Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research & Practice by Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Pauletta Brown Bracy, and Casey H. Rawson, Editors
Great Stories Club, ALA resources including book lists, discussion questions, related reading lists and promotional materials, with section focused on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
The Augusta Baker Diversity Lecture Series of webinars, part of a Children, Libraries and Literacy Initiative of University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science
The USC Rossier School of Education’s guide, Speak Up: Opening A Dialogue with Youth About Racism
Southern Poverty Law Center, section Teaching Tolerance
Rethinking Schools, a nonprofit committed to equity
Teaching Tolerance, free resources to educators who work with children from kindergarten through high school
Race ≠ DNA, Tolerance.org
The Inclusive Library: More than a Diverse Collection Part One, and Part Two, YALSA Blog
How is Black Lives Matter Winning? by Waleed Shahid, Dissent Magazine
The Class Politics of Black Lives Matter by Barbara Ransby, Dissent Magazine
Why You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter", Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harpers Bazaar, April 16, 2019
Why you should stop saying “all lives matter,” explained in 9 different ways, German Lopez, July 11, 2016
Cataloging Black Knowledge: How Dorothy Porter Assembled and Organized a Premier Africana Research Collection, Zita Cristina Nunes, Perspectives on History, newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, November 20, 2018
Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus, articles published over the course of five years on JSTOR Daily
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice, Corinne Shutack, 2017
Antiracism: A Starter Booklist, Library Journal, May 31, 2020
Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion by Jamala Rogers
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Blog Crazy QuiltEdi
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials.
U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page
Information and technical assistance on the A.D.A.
Targeting Autism for Libraries (a program of the Illinois State Library)