Auditing Diversity in Library Collections

Libraries Unlimited. Aug. 2022. 160p. pap. $60. ISBN 9781440878749.
An insightful book packed with helpful and timely information to aid librarians and library professionals who may be envisaging a diversity audit of their library collection. Voels begins by providing an overview of the history of publishing in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion; the history of diversity audits; and how audits have impacted her library’s collection. Other chapters discuss audits done by public and school libraries across the country, flaws and limitations of audits, and how libraries have used audits to stimulate equity in other aspects, such as programming, instruction, and community relations. Each chapter ends with references, and an index and suggested resources are provided in the back of the book. A summary of audit advice from the libraries included in the book is also quite useful.
VERDICT This informative and engaging book is a great choice for both library students and established public and school librarians.

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