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Curating Community Collections
A Holistic Approach to Diverse Collection Development
by Mary Schreiber and Wendy K. Bartlett
March 2024, 210pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-8098-8
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Following the curating community collections model will help libraries reach new users, increase access, and raise circulation.

Begins where diversity audits end, informing and supporting academic, school, and public librarians in the quest to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion in a meaningful and sustainable manner throughout collections, policies, and practices.

A primary question for many librarians, directors, and board members is how to evaluate diversity in a collection on an ongoing basis.

Curating Community Collections provides librarians with the tools they need to understand the results of diversity audits and to formulate a reasonable, achievable plan for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion not only in the collection itself, but also in library collection policies and practices. Information on ways to make diversity, equity, and inclusion part of a library’s everyday workflow will help ensure the sustainability of these principles.

Mary Schreiber and Wendy Bartlett teach readers how to increase the number of diverse materials in their collections and make them more discoverable to library patrons through the implementation of a community collections program. Stories from librarians around the United States and Canada who are auditing and improving the diversity of their collections add broad, scalable perspectives for libraries of any size, budget, and mission. Action steps provided at the end of each section offer a practical road map for all types of libraries to curate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community collection.


  • Obtain the background knowledge needed to reaffirm or update your library's materials selection policy and practices before presenting them to library, school, or community stakeholders
  • Use demographic data as a tangible way to show improvements to the diversity of the collection over time
  • Follow the curating community collection action steps to provide better equity, especially for libraries with floating collections and for libraries with high holds lists
  • Learn how to be intentional with your satellite collections throughout the community to provide greater access and discovery, as well as increase circulation of diverse materials
Mary Schreiber is a collection development specialist at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH, where she has selected youth and world languages materials and worked closely with library branches and area schools for more than a decade. Before that, she was a children's librarian. Schreiber is an active member of ALA's Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table and ALSC division. Through Kent State University's School of Information, she has taught collection management and served as an advisory board member for the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Children. Schreiber is the author of Partnering with Parents: Boosting Literacy for All Ages.

Wendy Bartlett has served as the collection development and acquisitions manager for Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH, since 2013. Prior to that, she was the manager of the Beachwood Branch of CCPL and the assistant director of the Kent Free Library in Kent, Ohio. Before becoming a librarian, Bartlett was a regional manager for Borders Books and Music, Cleveland and Pittsburgh region. She is the author of Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success.
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