Checking In On Kirkus Diversity Collections

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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.

Browse our diversity collections today on Title Source 360!

 

Did You Know? We Have Webinars!

At Baker & Taylor, we’re a lot more than just a book seller. We work with librarians like you across the globe to develop their book, music and video collections, fostering a community life-long learners along the way.

We love to engage with our library partners beyond just selling books. One of the ways we do that is through this blog, another is through our webinars—ranging in topics from diversity to makerspaces to exclusive conversations with musicians, authors, filmmakers and more.

While we’re always coming up with new ideas for webinars to share with you, you can always check out our archives here. ICYMI here are some highlights:

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Mavis Staples – Listen to music legend Mavis Staples as she discusses her life as a musician and civil rights activist, as well as her new album If All I Was Was Black.

Diversity and Your Library: Meeting the Needs of Our Modern Communities – This webinar offers insight into the Kirkus Diversity lists and how diverse books benefit all libraries.

Engaging Reluctant Readers in Your Library – Reaching all young readers can be challenging. Listen to this webinar to explore ways to help increase interest in all YA and middle readers in your public library through large print.

Explore all of our webinars here!

Diversity in Literature with Kirkus Collections

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?

Kirkus Collections gives libraries the opportunity to become more inclusive and be part of the solution. After a thorough search process, editors at Kirkus Reviews identify and categorize diverse books into thematic lists. At Baker & Taylor, we then publish these curated collections on Title Source 360 where librarians can exclusively order the titles with ease.

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