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.
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.
- "Underneath the Melting Pot", Common Reader, May 2020 by Jason Purnell
- Center for Policing Equity (2019 Report)
- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (2018 Report)
- For the Sake of All (2014 Report)
- Forward Through Ferguson (2015 Report)
- Health Equity Works (new website for the For the Sake of All initiative)
- Map of St. Louis Resources for Child Well-Being (Clark Fox Family Foundation)
- Map of St. Louis Resources for Criminal Justice (Clark Fox Family Foundation)
- Map of St. Louis Resources for Immigration & Refugees (Clark Fox Family Foundation)
- Missouri ACLU (Annual Report 2018)
- Missouri Foundation for Health: African American Health Disparities in Missouri (2013 Report)
- NAACP St. Louis: The Minority Report (2018 Report)
- The Kauffman Foundation Report on Race & Entrepreneurship (2016 Report)
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
Curated in collaboration with St. Louis-based We Stories, this collection highlights diverse voices in children's publishing. We Stories titles specifically challenge White families to look outside their own lived experiences and create teachable moments and have conversations about racial equity with the next generation of readers.
Let's Talk About Race
by Julius Lester
Become an Inclusive Leader (Lynda.com)
Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success (Gale Courses)
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (Lynda.com)
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All (Lynda.com)
Skills for Inclusive Conversations (Lynda.com)
Access World News
Get information on the latest news in the United States and around the globe. Includes a variety of preset searches on popular topics, including important social issues. Click here for a video tutorial on how to use.
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.
Explora (Elementary, Middle School, or High School)
Find a variety of videos, pictures, and newspaper, magazine, and academic articles appropriate for different grade levels. Includes topic centers on current social issues. Click here for a video tutorial on how to use.
Global Road Warrior
Learn about countries around the world with in-depth information on history, religions, government, language, human rights, cultural practices, and more.
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.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Access a variety of viewpoints and media resources on current social issues, including radio, video, statistics, and newspaper and magazine articles.
Keep up with current events with full text access to the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times , St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today and many more newspapers. Choose from Proquest U.S. Newsstream or Proquest Global Newsstream.
Women’s Issues and Identities
Access primary sources that trace the path of women's issues from past to present. Discover manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals and more that demonstrate the foundation of women's struggles and triumphs.