There is a steady stream of resources available related to issues of racial justice right now. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor released an editorial stating that, “We are responsible for creating the change we need.” In that same spirit, the Library Team shared a list of Race and Antiracism Resources for Wisconsin Public Libraries.
If you are looking for ways to take action, evaluating and updating your youth materials collection is one place to start. TeachingBooks.net, a content vendor through BadgerLink, has developed a collection analysis tool to help you quickly evaluate the holdings of specific collections in your public or school library to assess for diversity and inclusion markers. In addition, the Cooperative Childrens’ Book Center (CCBC) recently published two booklists to assist with collection development needs. The first is “Black Experiences: Affirmation and Resilience, Activism and Resistance in 45 Books for PreK-Grade 12" and the second is “Race and Racism: Selected Books for PreK-Grade 12”. The CCBC is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Education (SoE), and receives additional support from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
We hope you utilize these valuable resources from our Library Team partners.
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt