Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources

Governance & Management


Glossary of Terms  |  Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), American Library Association

Advancing Diversity in Public Libraries: Best Practices  |  American Library Association & Public Library Association Emerging Leader Project

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights  |  American Library Association, 2017

Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries: Case Studies from the Field  |  Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Antiracism Toolkit  |  Oregon Library Association

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Scorecard for Library and Information Organizations | ALA


Diversity on Nonprofit Boards  |  National Council of Nonprofits

Beyond Political Correctness: Build a Diverse and Inclusive Board  |  BoardSource

Corporate Board Diversity: Moving Beyond Lip Service  |  Society for Human Resource Managers

Board Member Profile & Composition Worksheets (pgs. 5-6)  |  Board Performance Guidebook, Michigan Department of Economic Development

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Policy & Procedure Analysis Framework | Mid-Hudson Library System


Leadership Brief: Anti-Racist Executive Leadership for Public Libraries  |  Urban Libraries Council

The Inclusive Library: More than a Diverse Collection  |  Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Inclusiveness at Work: How to Build Inclusive Nonprofit Organizations  |  The Denver Foundation

Recruiting for Diversity  |  American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS)

Libraries Respond: Protecting and Supporting Transgender Staff and Patrons  |  Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), American Library Association

Open to All: Serving the GLBT Community in Your Library  |  Rainbow Round Table, American Library Association

Sample: Action Plan for Enhancing Workforce Quality and Diversity  |  Anne Arundel County Public Library

Sample Policies

Statement on Race and Social Equity  |  Urban Libraries Council
Racial and Social Justice Policy  |  Saratoga Springs Public Library (NY)
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy  |  Pierce County Library (WA)
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement  |  Wicomico County Public Library (MD)
Race and Social Justice Policy  |  Seattle Public Library (WA)
Policy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  |   Cleveland Public Library (OH)
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy | Mid-Hudson Library System


The Antiracist Starter Kit – for Kids, Teens, Adults, Parents, and Educators  |  Poughkeepsie Public Library District

Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages  |  Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Chair, University of South Carolina

Collection Development

Diversity Audit: How-to

How to Conduct a Diversity Audit  |  Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) , 2020

Diversity Audit: A Practical Guide | Don’t Shush Me! Blog

Diversity Auditing 101: How to Evaluate Your Collection  |  School Library Journal, Karen Jensen, 2018

Diversity Audit Template | Kymberlee Powe

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: Understanding Your Local Community | Teenlibrariantoolbox.com

Fantasy Genre Diversity Audit Spreadsheet | Kelsey Bogan

Library Collection Shelf Audit for Diversity and Inclusion | Julie Stivers

Collection Analysis Tool (picturebooks) | Diverse Bookfinder


Diverse BookFinder: Collection Analysis Tool | Bates College & the Institute of Museum & Library Services

Where to Find Diverse Books  |  We Need Diverse Books Selecting and Using Culturally Responsive Children’s Books  |  OHS National Center on Cultural & Linguistic Responsiveness

Inclusive Collections: Building the Collection  |  Massachusetts Library System
The Stories for All Project  |  FirstBook


Programming to Promote Diversity  |  Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), American Library Association

Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents  |  Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Talking About Race in Storytime  |  Massachusetts Library System

Libraries Respond: National Day of Racial Healing  |  American Library Association

Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers  |  Mortenson Center at The University at Illinois Library

Thanks to a partnership with the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, MHLS is proud to provide the ondemand JEDI Training series. JEDI stands for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The series includes the following 30minute modules that can be used for staff and board education purposes.

Introduction to Important JEDI Terms Session 1

Implicit Bias Session 2

Diversity & Inclusion Session 3

Micro aggressions Session 4

Systemic Racism and Inequality Session 5

Putting It All Together

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