Auditing Diversity in Library Collections
by Sarah Voels
August 2022, 140pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7874-9
$60, £47, 53€, A83
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Learn from libraries that have successfully completed a diversity audit of their collections.

After explaining the importance of diversity audits, this book offers a range of options for how to go about conducting them.

Library collections serve as a reflection of their communities and the wider world, and audits are the best way to assess the inclusivity of these collections. In this practical book, Sarah Voels helps libraries meet the challenge of doing a diversity audit.

The task of auditing a collection for its diversity is essential to the development of a reflective collection. Conducting a diversity audit gives library professionals a realistic and accurate assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the materials they provide their readers. Only with this information at hand can libraries work toward improvement. But what’s the best way to conduct an audit? What criteria should be used? How can audits be tailored to specific communities? How much will it cost, and how much time will it take?

Voels has taken away the guesswork by surveying a wide range of libraries that have performed diversity audits and sharing their successes and challenges. She suggests best practices while acknowledging that each library’s specific situation will be unique. All libraries considering a diversity audit will benefit from this guide.


  • Helps readers apply other libraries' experience with diversity audits to their own situations
  • Shares the knowledge and experience gained during library diversity audits and highlights the lessons learned
  • Introduces diversity audits across industries and applies them to libraries
  • Includes an annotated list of resources to help support the development of a diverse collection
Sarah Voels is the director of Vogel Library at Wartburg College. She previously worked in collection development, where she began her research and study on diversity audits. These efforts have drawn national attention, and she has presented her findings at multiple conferences, including the Iowa Library Association, Public Library Association, and United for Libraries.
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