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November 6, 2018 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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'Can Diverse Books Save Us? …' by Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka writes for School Library Journal (SLJ), “Finding the right book for the right reader is a constant goal of librarianship, but the import of diverse books is bringing new meaning to that effort.” A recent SLJ survey finds that 81% of respondents feel that it is “a priority to bring books reflecting diverse cultures and perspectives to the[ir] children and community. …” Diverse collections are “defined as books with protagonists and experiences that feature underrepresented ethnicities, disabilities, cultural or religious backgrounds, gender nonconformity, or LGBTQIA+ orientations. …

“Some libraries have adopted diverse content as part of the institutional mission. About half of all respondents (54 percent of public libraries and 50 percent of school libraries) have inclusive collection development goals stemming from their administration or district. …

“But a significant driver here is individual conviction—of the 1,156 survey respondents (school and public librarians serving children and teens in the United States and Canada), 72 percent told SLJ they consider it a personal goal to create a diverse collection.”

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