Equity for All Students
Led by School Librarians
Research Linking School Libraries to EQUITY
HISD Librarian and Parent
Ramos, Cynthia. “School Libraries for EQUITY: Do What’s Right for ALL Our Students.” (TASLTalks blog, June 1, 2016) Cynthia is an HISD librarian and parent.
"Keep this thought - School libraries need to move beyond the Achievement Advocacy Discourse that dominates to an Equity Inclusion and Life Agency discourse and build evident accordingly." (Ballard, Susan. "At NCDE Summit @RossJTodd made a keen 'napkin' observation. ..." Twitter, 17 May 2019.) [NCDE - National Collaborative for Digital Equity]
ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee. “Incorporating Intellectual Freedom into Youth Book Clubs.” ALSC, 17 Aug 2019.
Gregory, Jamie. “Don’t Leave Students in the Dark.” Intellectual Freedom Blog, Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Assn, 21 Aug 2019. Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 22-28, 2019.
Gregory, Jamie M. "Eliminating Librarian Positions Limits Intellectual Freedom." Intellectual Freedom Blog, Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, 30 May 2019.
Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), editor. "IFRT Resources." Intellectual Freedom Round Table, American Library Association, 15 July 2019. IFRT offers four videos to engage non-librarians in the fight to protect intellectual freedom. The brief explainer videos below — created as part of the 2019 Emerging Leaders project — cover the basics of intellectual freedom, censorship, and privacy for a non-library audience with key definitions and everyday language.
Gregory, Jamie. "Teens and Teaching the First Amendment." Intellectual Freedom Blog, Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, 8 July 2019. Definitely NOT boring!
Price, Sallyann. "No Minor Concern: Privacy Experts Clarify the Rights of Minors in the Library." American Libraries, 25 June 2019.
Rand, Lisa. “‘How can I find out?’ Fielding teens’ reference questions.” Intellectual Freedom Blog (Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Assn.), 7 Aug. 2019.
Miller, Donalyn. "Education is a Political Act." Nerdy Bookclub, 23 July 2017.
Miller, Donalyn. "If Kids Can't Read What They Want in the Summer, When Can They? | Opinion." School Library Journal, 17 June 2019.
Moore, Belinda. "2 Ways to Choose Books for Picky or Uninterested Readers (And Get Them Loving the Process)." ALSC Blog, 31 Mar. 2019.
Pisoni, Adam, and Diane Conti. "What Does Your School Schedule Say about Equity? More than You Think." EdSurge, 20 Apr. 2019
Plemmons, Andy. "The Power of First Lines: Another New Library Orientation." Expect the Miraculous, Barrow Media Center, 16 Aug. 2018. “One standout comment was how a window keeps you safe from things going on outside and a book lets you explore dangerous situations without getting hurt.”
Rand, Lisa. “‘How can I find out?’ Fielding teens’ reference questions.” Intellectual Freedom Blog, Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Assn., 7 Aug. 2019.
Scholastic. 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book 2019: State Trends in Child Well-Being. Scholastic, 2019.
School libraries help to bridge digital divide. Parent Today (Posted in Elementary, High School, Middle Years), 13 Feb 2019.
Sheneman, Laura. The School Librarian is an Equity Champion: with KC Boyd. The Librarian Influencer Podcast, 12 Oct 2020.
Stewart, Kara (Sappony) and Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo). “Native Stories: Books for Tweens and Teens by and about Indigenous Peoples.” School Library Journal, 20 Aug 2019.
Stivers, Julie. "Building Inclusive Libraries Youth-driven Frameworks and Initiatives Are Key to Welcoming All Students." American Libraries, 3 June 2019.
"Stories for All of Us." Jambo Book Club. Jambo Book Club sends your child two beautiful high-quality books each month that star a child of color in an engaging story. Jambo makes it easy to add fun multicultural children‘s books to your home library.
Vedantam, Shankar. Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps." Podcast: Hidden Brain: A Conversation about Life's Unseen Patterns, NPR Morning Edition, 21 Sept. 2017. NPR.
Wexler, Natalie. "Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong." Atlantic Magazine, Aug. 2019. In the early grades, U.S. schools value reading-comprehension skills over knowledge. The results are devastating, especially for poor kids.
White, Shana V. "Educational Equity….the onion of our schools……." Medium Education, Medium, 21 Oct. 2018.
Witteveen, April. "Libraries Welcome All Families: Community Partnerships to Fund Collection Development for English Learners in Urban Connecticut." KQ, AASL, 29 Nov. 2018.
Woolls, Blanche. "A New Literacy." KQ, AASL, 16 Apr. 2019. Every school librarian may begin helping students with high poverty by teaching a new literacy: life skills. Life skills literacy includes occupational/career, finance, and civic engagement.