Library Diversity

How diverse is your library?

The answer to this question is one that many of us answer without thinking, but it’s one that we should think about and take very seriously.  Our communities have been increasing in size and diversity for some time, but our libraries may not have been answering this new demand for services.  Library scholars continue to point out that the profession is dominated by white people, and that ethnic minorities tend to shun the the library’s offerings.  We must look at our personnel, materials, programming, and services to see where we can make adjustments that will encourage all of our constituents to visit the library.

I’m tempted to make a list of questions a library should ask itself, but I’ll ask for your input instead.  How does your library entice diverse people to visit?  What could your library do better?


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