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NYC School Librarian Guidebook: Diversity Audits

Resources to examine our inherent bias, promote personal awareness, and help us build collections for our students that reflect themselves and the world around them.

What is a diversity audit?

A diversity audit is an inventory of a collection designed to measure the amount of diversity within the collection. It is a tool used to analyze collection data to make ensure we include a wide variety of points of view, experiences and representations within a collection. Reflective practioners realize it is now more than ever,to intentionally, and even aggressively, be working to diversify our collections. 

Getting Started

Before starting a diversity audit, it's important to analyze the information currently available and to develop a plan for collecting the information that's not. Begin by answering the following questions:

  1. How well do you know your community? Gather as much recent statistical and anecdotal data about the community you serve as you can.
  2. Begin assessing for gaps.  Use surveys, polls  or other anecdotal data to gather information about your collection. What do you think ia missing?

Audit at the MLK Campus

Diversity Infographic Describing Race and Sexuality in Publishing

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