Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success. Shannon D. Jones and Beverly Murphy, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. 210p. Paper, $35.00 (ISBN 978-1-5381-1439-1).

Kelli Johnson


We have been talking about diversity and inclusion in the library world for a long time. There have been articles and books written on the subject. There are sessions at conferences. Our communities and our patrons are more diverse, so why hasn’t the profession become more diverse? Shannon Jones and Beverly Murphy have addressed the issue of making libraries more diverse and inclusive, taking it head-on with a systematic review of what diversity and inclusion mean for libraries and why they are important. But they don’t stop there. They segue into discussions on how to make our libraries and our profession more diverse and inclusive. The book is rounded out by real-life examples, true “voices from the field.”

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