MLIS faculty Sarah Park Dahlen was published in the "On My Mind" column of American Libraries, flagship magazine of the American Library Association. In "Diversify Everything," Dahlen discusses the pressing need for more comprehensive representation in literature, especially for young readers for whom seeing themselves reflected in writing is vital. You can read her column here.
Dahlen is an assistant professor in the Master of Library and Information Science program. She co-edited Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading with Jamie Campbell Naidoo, and is currently writing a book on Asian American youth literature with Paul Lai.
"If our professions are mostly white, how should we best serve both very diverse and less diverse communities? All librarians, regardless of their community's demographics, must proactively collect and promote diverse books so that all readers have opportunities for mirror and window reading experiences. ... [T]his is also a groundwork we need to prevent white supremacy from becoming normalized."
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— Sarah Park Dahlen, "Diversify Everything"