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Diversity & Inclusion Resources

St. Louis County Library is committed to promoting racial equity in our region. Our work in this area is outlined below, followed by a list of resources and reading and viewing recommendations.

SLCL Strategic Plan

SLCL Strategic Plan Infographic

Resolution of the Board of Trustees of the St. Louis County Library District Addressing Systemic Racism and the Black Lives Matter Ideal

WHEREAS, systemic racism is deeply embedded in the fabric of our country and our county such that an extended and intense response is required; and

WHEREAS, the St. Louis County Library Board has historically supported St. Louis County Library efforts to eradicate systemic racism and continues to be committed to that effort; and

WHEREAS, the St. Louis County Library Board in concert with St. Louis County Library desires to set forth its initial commitments to the Black Lives Matter ideal and the elimination of systemic racism.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Trustees of the St. Louis County Library District and St. Louis County Library do hereby resolve, determine, authorize and order as follows:

  1. The Board and Library commit to addressing systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter ideal by the following:
    1. Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in Library programs, services, policies and practices; and
       
    2. Continuing, maintaining and improving an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion and respect both in our Library system and all aspects of our community involvement; and
       
    3. Ensuring that the Library is reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice; and
       
    4. Serving as a convener, innovator and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges.
       
  2. Effective August 17, 2020. This Resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.

Statement on Race and Social Equity 

We are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential. St. Louis County Library can help achieve true and sustained equity through an intentional, systemic and transformative library-community partnership. Our library is working to achieve equity in the communities we serve by:

  • Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies and practices
  • Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion and respect both in our library systems and in all aspects of our community role
  • Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice
  • Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges
  • Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities

Libraries are trusted, venerable and enduring institutions, central to their communities and an essential participant in the movement for racial and social equity.

Resources

Diversity in the Boardroom: Examining Proposals to Increase the Diversity of America’s Boards
A hearing given to the Committee on Financial Services under the U. S. House of Representatives on June 29, 2019 discussing  the lack of racial, ethnic and gender diversity on Federal and corporate boards.

Diversity in the United States: where we live and who we are 
Maps showing the composition of the United States in terms of race, age and sex, educational attainment and other characteristics.

Dynamic Diversity: Population Changes in U.S. Race and Ethnic Composition 1995-2050
The U.S. population is diverse and constantly changing.  This report discusses the population trends and projections from 1995-2050. It includes information on population by size, change, growth rates, age, race and Hispanic origin. 

Good for the Bottom Line: a Review of the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion
A hearing given to the Committee on Financial Services under the U. S. House of Representatives on May 1, 2019 which discusses the importance of diversity and including in business.

Key Findings on How American View Race
(2019) Pew Research Center

Reported Importance and Access to Health Care Providers Who Understand or Share Cultural Characteristics with Their Patients Among Adults by Race and Ethnicity
Racial and ethnic disparities are associated with poorer health and higher mortality rates among minority groups. This short 11 page report looks at racial and ethnic differences of seeing competent health care and provides an insight into the views of this population. 

In Our Collections

A Call to Conscience
A Call to Conscience
Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We Think, See, and Do
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We Think, See, and Do
Diversion Explosion
Diversion Explosion
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias
Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias
God Loves Diversity and Justice: Progressive Scholars Speak About Faith, Politics, and the World
God Loves Diversity and Justice: Progressive Scholars Speak About Faith, Politics, and the World
Governing Diversity
Governing Diversity
HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Diversity
HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Diversity
How to Be an Antiracist
How to Be an Antiracist
How to Be an Inclusive Leader
How to Be an Inclusive Leader
On Diversity
On Diversity
Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect Is Tearing Us Apart
Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect Is Tearing Us Apart
Overcoming Bias
Overcoming Bias
Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
Stamped—Racism, Antiracism, and You
Stamped—Racism, Antiracism, and You
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
The Inclusion Dividend
The Inclusion Dividend
Unruly Bodies
Unruly Bodies
White Fragility
White Fragility
Backlash : what happens when we talk honestly about racism in America
Backlash : what happens when we talk honestly about racism in America
Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine
Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine
Citizen : an American lyric
Citizen : an American lyric
I'm still here : black dignity in a world made for whiteness
I'm still here : black dignity in a world made for whiteness
Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption
Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption
Me and white supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor
Me and white supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor
Nobody : casualties of America's war on the vulnerable
Nobody : casualties of America's war on the vulnerable
On the other side of freedom : the case for hope
On the other side of freedom : the case for hope
Pushout : the criminalization of Black girls in schools
Pushout : the criminalization of Black girls in schools
So you want to talk about race
So you want to talk about race
Tales of two Americas : stories of inequality in a divided nation edited
Tales of two Americas : stories of inequality in a divided nation edited
The fire this time : a new generation speaks about race
The fire this time : a new generation speaks about race
The Grace of Silence
The Grace of Silence
The person you mean to be: how good people fight bias
The person you mean to be: how good people fight bias
Thick
Thick
This will be my undoing : living at the intersection of black, female, and feminist in (white) America
This will be my undoing : living at the intersection of black, female, and feminist in (white) America
We too sing America : South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh immigrants shape our multiracial future
We too sing America : South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh immigrants shape our multiracial future
"Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?" : and other conversations about race
"Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?" : and other conversations about race
America's original sin : racism, white privilege, and the bridge to a new America
America's original sin : racism, white privilege, and the bridge to a new America
Ghosts in the schoolyard : racism and school closings on Chicago's South side
Ghosts in the schoolyard : racism and school closings on Chicago's South side
White kids : growing up with privilege in a racially divided America
White kids : growing up with privilege in a racially divided America
Witnessing whiteness : the need to talk about race and how to do it
Witnessing whiteness : the need to talk about race and how to do it
The broken heart of America: St. Louis and the violent history of the United States
The broken heart of America: St. Louis and the violent history of the United States
The color of law: a forgotten history of how our government segregated America
The color of law: a forgotten history of how our government segregated America
The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness
The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness
Chokehold: Policing Black Men
Chokehold: Policing Black Men
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays
An Indigenous People's History of the US
An Indigenous People's History of the US
A is for Activist
All are Welcome
Islandborn
All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color
The Skin You Live In
Alma and How She Got Her Name
Fry Bread
Big Mooncake for Little Star
Birdsong
Someone New
A Sin by any Other Name: Reckoning with Racism and the Heritage of the South
A Sin by any Other Name: Reckoning with Racism and the Heritage of the South
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind
Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America
Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America
Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We Think, See, and Do
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We Think, See, and Do
Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine
Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine
Citizen : an American Lyric
Citizen : an American Lyric
Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias
Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias
How to Be an Antiracist
How to Be an Antiracist
I’m Still Here: Lack Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
I’m Still Here: Lack Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable
Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable
On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope
On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope
Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
Racism without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America
Racism without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America
So You Want to Talk About Race
So You Want to Talk About Race
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Tales of Two Americas:Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation
Tales of Two Americas:Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race
The Grace of Silence
The Grace of Silence
The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias
The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias
Thick: and Other Essays
Thick: and Other Essays
This Will Be My Undoing: Living At the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
This Will Be My Undoing: Living At the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future
We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America
White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America
Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It
Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It
"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: And Other Conversations About Race
"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: And Other Conversations About Race
Let's Talk About Race
Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
A is for Activist
We're Different, We're the Same
All are Welcome
Islandborn
The Day You Begin
Colors of Us
All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color
The Skin You Live In
Alma and How She Got Her Name
Fry Bread
Big Mooncake for Little Star
Birdsong
Someone New
The Undefeated
Carmela Full of Wishes
Sulwe
Last Stop on Market Street
King of Kindergarten
Trombone Shorty
Killing the Black Body
Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights
This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How To Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work

Access World News
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African American History Online
Covers the people and events in African American history from the 1400's to the present.

American Indian History Online
Covers more than 15,000 years of American Indian history and culture. More than 600 Native American groups represented.

Archives of Sexuality and Gender
This resource offers access to primary sources and materials relating to LGBTQ history and culture since 1940. Find materials from hundreds of institutions and organizations dating as far back as the 1500s, as well as an unparalleled collection of newsletters, newspapers and periodicals by, for, and about the LGBTQ community.

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Global Road Warrior
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Historical Newspapers: U.S. Major Dailies
Full text coverage of several national daily newspapers. This database includes: Chicago Daily Tribune (1849-1996), Los Angeles Times (1881-1995), New York Times (1857-up to three years behind the current year of publication), Wall Street Journal (1889-2002), and Washington Post (1877-2003). This database provides coverage previously found in the Historical New York Times database.

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Women’s Issues and Identities
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