San Francisco Public Library’s Quest to Put Diversity on Shelves
“We are the place that supports the values of equity and inclusion — the bedrock of American democratic values,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “We work hard to ensure that the books and resources on our shelves mirror the diversity of our city. … We believe it is important for everyone, especially children, to see themselves reflected in literature.”
In recent years, the number of books featuring diverse characters, everything from skin color to sexual orientation or family makeup, has stagnated. Less than 10 percent of books published each year feature characters who break from tradition, showed a 2015 study from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a research arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.