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Title:We need them, but what are they?: A conceptual analysis of diverse books
Author(s):Lawrence, E.E.
Subject(s):Critical librarianship
Social justice
Reading and reading practices
Abstract:Use of the term “diverse books” has increased radically in the professional library discourse in recent years. In this paper, I ask what criteria we think a book must satisfy to be properly characterized as “diverse.” To begin answering that question, I conduct a preliminary conceptual analysis of “diverse books,” using the intuitive responses of MSLIS students in a class on genre fiction as a jumping-off point for philosophical inquiry. My aim is twofold: first, to kickstart the process of clarifying what we mean to talk about when we talk about diverse books and, second, to demonstrate how the LIS classroom can serve as a resource for populating the conceptual imagination.
Issue Date:2019-09-24
Series/Report:Critical librarianship
Social justice
Reading and reading practices
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-08-23

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