Who Do You See? Using Diversity Audits to Examine Representation in Children’s Book Collections


As librarians, we know how powerful it is for young readers to see themselves in the books they’re reading. But do you ever wonder if your collection is as diverse as you’d like it to be? This presentation will explore the reasons for conducting a diversity audit, demonstrate easy approaches to auditing children’s book collections, and discuss the insights that can be gained from this work. While examples will be drawn from children’s book collections for teacher education students at two universities, the audit approaches described are applicable to any library with a substantial children’s book collection.


  • James Rosenzweig, Eastern Washington University, Education Librarian
  • Alicia G. Vaandering, University of Rhode Island, Student Success Librarian

Video Recording:  https://youtu.be/tUwkRSnZ-fY

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