I'm just leaving the NELA meeting in Worcester.  Lunch speaker from.Baker and Taylor noted that they now offer a service to help libraries analyze their current collections and to set DEI acquisition goals.  


On Mon, Oct 18, 2021, 12:37 PM Lizz Sinclair <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I really recommend connecting with or offering info about I’m Your Neighbor books (Kirsten Cappy- she’s amazing) and  Diverse Book Finder  founder Krista Aronson [log in to unmask]


We have worked with and funded both organizations before and they are doing really great work.


Good luck, Mary! Thanks for doing this important work!!!!






Lizz Sinclair (she/her)
Program Coordinator
Grants & Partnerships

Maine Humanities Council

674 Brighton Ave. | Portland, ME | (207) 773-5051
- Home of the Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book –



From: Center for the Book state centers communication <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Russell, Mary <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 10:12 AM
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: diverse library collections

I am looking at hosting a program for the libraries in NH about diversity in collections and readers advisory.

I have a speaker in mind who has done programs like this before. She is very direct, and very clear about the stuff that has gone on in libraries that needs to stop. I am good with this as I think it is the conversation NH libraries need to be having.


However, I’m curious to know if any other Centers have done this kind of programming and if you got any pushback or had issues I should be ready for.


Also, do you have resources that you like for this topic – I am hoping to do a libguide (or maybe a series of them) on resources for diversifying library collections.


Thanks for any guidance you can offer!


Mary A. Russell, Director
Center for the Book at the NH State Library
20 Park Street Concord NH 03301-6314
[log in to unmask]

Visit our blog at