Every day, libraries around the world welcome people from all walks of life. Readers are diverse, so why not have a collection that celebrates that?
You may remember in September, we introduced our new Kirkus Diversity Collections on the blog. These collections give libraries the opportunity to become more inclusive, and with Title Source 360, librarians are able to order diverse books with ease thanks to our curated lists.
Since then, we’ve seen tremendous progress with this initiative. The lists have been viewed nearly 10,000 times, reaching thousands of libraries across the country.
More than ever, it’s important to share a diversity of cultures, beliefs, identities, races and beyond in a library’s collection. It’s important that patrons can read stories from all voices.
Public libraries support their communities by providing materials that reflect their own patrons, and depict others, requiring an ongoing focus on diversity.
Aman Kochar, Executive Vice President of Digital Content, Software Products, Services & Sales
So what now?
Log in to Title Source 360 and browse Kirkus’ diversity collections. From here, you’ll be able to move the titles you’d like to add to your library into your shopping cart. You can also sort and filter these titles to weed out any duplicates just as you would for any other order from Baker & Taylor.
Then, don’t forget to tell your patrons that your library is now carrying more diverse books! We’ve created a “My Library. All Voices.” campaign kit that makes it easy to spread the good news, attract new cardholders and excite current ones. You can find all of our free materials for community outreach on the Kirkus website here.