Commit to ongoing learning, action, and engagement.
Racial justice is not achieved by a workshop, a book, or good intentions, but with ongoing commitments and actions. Ohio’s public libraries provide equitable access to information for all people, regardless of race. The OLC’s Diversity Awareness and Resources Committee recommends ways in which the OLC can address diversity as it relates to the library profession and to the Ohio library community. Aspects of diversity include but are not limited to age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity and race. A commitment to racial justice improves our ability to uphold the values of diversity and inclusion in our libraries.
Resources to help libraries respond to current events and social justice issues:
- Racism Scale: Where do you fall?
- Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
- Diverse Book Finder
- Embrace Race
- COVID-19 Ohio Minority Health Strike Force Blueprint
- We Need Diverse Books Booktalking Kit
- Smithsonian’s 158 resources to understand racism in the U.S.
- Organizational Assessment Tools and Resources
- 21 Day Race Equity Challenge
- Every Day Democracy Resources
- COVID Resources That Take Race Seriously
- Racial Equity Tools
- Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors
- American Library Association
Books can’t do the work for us, but can serve as a catalyst for self-reflection and group discussion.
- Booklist – Recommended antiracism titles for all ages
- Publishers Weekly Non-fiction
- Common Sense Media
- The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
- American Indians in Children’s Literature
- The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Reflections on Race and Racism
American Libraries (6/5/20)
Top Five Antiracist Titles
Library Journal (6/5/20)
How Eliminating Library Fees Advances Racial Equity
Urban Libraries Council (4/24/20)
EDISJ Matters Column – The Movement Toward Equity
Public Libraries Magazine (Jan/Feb 2020 Issue)
Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries Case Studies from the Field
Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
- Teaching Tolerance podcasts
- Floodlines from The Atlantic
- 1619 from The New York Times
- Intersectionality Matters! from The African American Policy Forum
- Pod Save the People
- Code Switch
Change the Subject
Documents efforts of students and librarians who work from campus to Congress to change subject heading/classification terms related to immigration in the Library of Congress.
(available through 12/19/20)
Race in America: Joy Harjo & Tracy K. Smith (conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden)
(originally presented 7/9/20)
Columbus Business First presented “Racism in Columbus”
(originally presented 6/2/20)
Multnomah County (Oregon) Library: Creating conditions for equity to flourish
(originally presented 6/17/19)
Black America Since MLK and I Still Rise
Webinars and Upcoming Events
Addressing Race in Public Libraries
(originally presented by OLC 11/19/20)
This workshop continues the conversation on race in Ohio’s public libraries with training on implicit bias, microaggressions in the workplace and being an active bystander.
Advancing Racial Equity within Public Libraries: A Conversation with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
(originally presented by OLC 8/6/20)
An introduction to the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact library staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces.
Receptive to Race: Normalizing the Discussion of Race with Children in Libraries
(originally presented 8/27/20)
Provides practical tools for discussing race with young children and their caregivers.
Racial Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace
(presented live 7/8-10/20 – all sessions recorded)
Online symposium from the Denver Public Library (DPL). The Cleveland Public Library partnered with DPL on an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to create this training. It is free and available to Ohio’s public libraries.
Reading and Talking About Race
An Intro to ALA’s Great Stories Club (Part 1: Deeper Than Our Skins)
(originally presented 6/30/20)
Advancing Racial Equity in Your Library
(originally presented 10/10/18)
Understanding Power, Identity, and Oppression in the Public Library
(originally presented 12/5/17)
James Cook Book Award: Celebrating Diversity in Teen Literature
(originally presented in 2017)