Year of Learning

United in Diversity | Unidos en la Diversidad


In the 12 months leading up to ULA’s 2022 Annual Conference, the State Library is proud to partner with ULA and DSRT to present a year long curriculum on the conference theme “United in Diversity | Unidos en la Diversidad.” Each month will highlight a new focus area, with opportunities for Utah library professionals to learn, interact, and take action.

June 2021 | Publishers of Color

Watch


Mykie Valenzuela


U of U (archived)


Tue, May 25, 2021


10:00 AM – 11:15 AM


LEARN

Not Just Diverse but Inclusive: Prioritizing Publishers of Color

This workshop will walk you through the steps of finding publishers of color to order from and support. The purpose of this workshop is to present methods as well as discuss the importance of bringing Publishers of Color to the forefront. We’ll also cover tips on knowing when not to purchase books from a publisher and vetting the publishers you find. We’ll look at combatting systems of power and focusing not only on authors of color, but the publishing professionals who work so hard to bring us these stories. The publishers we’ll focus on will range from academic titles, art books, novels, and even children’s books, but the methods can be used for a variety of genres. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event via email.



Participate


Karen Liu


Salt Lake County Library


Thu, June 24, 2021


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


DISCUSS

Once a month, a knowledgeable moderator will guide a Zoom meetup for ULA members on the current month's topic.

June discussion: What hurdles try to stop you from prioritizing publishers of color? How can we move past these challenges?



All year long, ULA members are invited to participate in an open, ongoing discussion in the #edi channel in ULA's Slack workspace. Ask questions, share thoughts, and record your participation in the monthly Take Action challenge. Join the discussion.

Resources


Not Just Diverse but Inclusive: Prioritizing Publishers of Color




Diverse BookFinder


TAKE ACTION

Look beyond the "Big 5."

Challenge: This month, make a choice to expand your usual collection development and purchasing procedures to include BIPOC publishers. Post publishers of interest in the Slack #edi discussion.



Bonus challenge: Check your library for the publishers in the lists above. Did you discover holes in your collection's representation? Share your findings on Slack.