Resisting the “Unspoken Quota”: Radical Inclusion in Library Resources

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In their latest School Library Connection article, “The Unspoken Quota: Using Radical Inclusion to Disrupt Institutional Whiteness,” Peter Langella and Meg Boisseau Allison lay the foundation for a deeper understanding of the institutional structures of power and racism at work in our schools and libraries. Starting with the “canonization” of white authors, texts, and worldviews in school libraries, Langella and Allison move the discussion toward racially conscious solutions for inclusive library programming, answering questions such as:

  • What is “The Unspoken Quota”?
  • How does history curriculum marginalize Black experiences and voices?
  • Why are some high-profile book awards problematic?
  • And much more

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