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Fostering Inclusive School and Public Libraries
by Claire Bartlett and Maegen J. Rose
March 2024, 185pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7758-2
$49.95, £39, 44€, A69
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The authors draw on their years of experience with making their libraries more equitable and inclusive to provide concrete examples of ways for libraries to improve.

Offering guidance for library and school staff on making their services, programs, and instruction more diverse and equitable, this book helps librarians put DEI concepts into action.

“We Need Diverse Books” is an important rallying cry, but libraries also need diverse programs, marketing, and staff. This book offers guidance to librarians working with children in school and public libraries.

Public librarians will learn how to engage with the diverse backgrounds in their communities and make their services and in-house and outreach programs more inclusive and equitable. School librarians will learn how to enhance school culture through intentional instruction, collection development, and school-wide partnerships. Attempting to be as inclusive as possible, the book provides information about serving people from different cultures and socioeconomic statuses; with differing abilities and gender identities/expressions; and with varying levels of English fluency.

More targeted information includes a section specifically on STEAM and hands-on programming to address the increasing interest and value in these types of programs. The authors also suggest different ways of engaging with the community, including connecting with parents through the school library. Ultimately, this book gives readers the tools to make their library staff, teaching, services, and programs more culturally inclusive and responsive.


  • Teaches how to evaluate current programs and services for their equitability and how to improve them
  • Suggests how to introduce multicultural elements into existing programs and how to create new programs to address underserved audiences
  • Shows how to promote programs to underserved parts of a community
  • Offers advice on incorporating hands-on learning and STEAM into multicultural programs as well as incorporating diversity into established programs
  • Teaches school libraries how to connect with teachers, administration, parents, and students
Claire Bartlett is a youth outreach librarian with many years of experience in public libraries. She specializes in services for diverse populations from English language learners to patrons with disabilities, family programming, and forming connections with community organizations. She co-authored (with Laura Bos) an article on STEAM and diverse audiences in the Journal of Library Administration. Bartlett has presented for library staff at Chicago Public Library on services for children with disabilities and at the Illinois Library Association on programs for teen parents. Her master's in library and information science is from San Jose State University.

Maegen Rose is the director of library and upper school librarian at Brooklyn Friends School. She is interested in antiracism and equity in school librarianship and information literacy. She served as content editor and feature writer of the March/April 2021 issue of Knowledge Quest. Rose was named a 2021 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She was a Coretta Scott King Book Award juror and is chair of the 2023 Children's Literature Legacy Award Committee. She has a master's in social service administration from the University of Chicago and a master's in library and information science from Dominican University.
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