Trust Kirkus Collections to find diverse books that meet modern standards of sensitivity and respect as well as high expectations for literary merit.
About Kirkus Collections:
Kirkus’ diversity collections go beyond grouping by race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or dis/ability to consider the desired reading “experience.” This consideration of outcome—categorized as learning, cultural identification, or inclusion—is integral to the effectiveness of Kirkus Collections’ recommendations, as it addresses the demand for contextual information around diversity content. For example, is the reader looking for a book to learn about a historical event or tradition (outcome: learning); is she trying to find a coming-of-age story with a main character who experiences similar social and family dynamics (outcome: identification); or does she want a rollicking science-fiction book with a hero who looks like her (outcome: inclusion)? Using Kirkus Collections, her librarian can help her find all three!
Communities need diverse and inclusive library collections that let patrons find material in which they see a reflection of themselves. Yet, curating and managing a collection that encompasses such vast human experience can be time consuming and challenging.
Baker & Taylor’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Analysis can help. This powerful tool analyzes your collection's Fiction and Non-Fiction titles, identifying gaps and suggesting titles.
DEI Analysis supports you by:
By ensuring all populations are represented in a collection, libraries not only support their communities, they help celebrate the differences that drive economic and social innovation.
|B&T Diversity Topic||Description|
|Asian||Includes cultural, ethnic, and regional topics related to Asian people|
|Black||Includes cultural, ethnic, and regional topics related to Black people|
|Disabilities & Neurodiversity||Includes topics such as physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders|
|Equity & Social Issues||Includes topics such as civil and human rights, anti-racism, physical and sexual abuse, homelessness and poverty, immigration, and social activism|
|Hispanic & Latino||Includes cultural, ethnic, and regional topics related to Hispanic & Latino people|
|Indigenous||Includes topics related to Indigenous Peoples, including Native Americans/First Nations|
|LGBTQIA+ & Gender Studies||Includes topics related to gender and sexuality|
|Mental & Emotional Health||Includes topics such as mental illness, anxiety, mindfulness, grief, and compulsive behaviors|
|Middle Eastern & North African||Includes cultural, ethnic, and regional topics related to Arab & Middle Eastern people|
|Multicultural||Includes multiracial as well as broad multicultural topics|
|Religion||Primarily includes under-represented religions and religious identities including (but not limited to), Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, etc.|
|Substance Abuse & Addictions||Includes topics such as opioid abuse, gambling addiction, and alcoholism|
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