Yes, the timing coincides with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks/#WNDB. Absolutely! But I also know the role and subtle power of librarians...selector/arranger of books, gatekeepers of knowledge and advocates for all aspects of learning. And those are just my top three! When I started using the #WNDB hashtag, there were a handful of like-minded individuals. Thank you glimmer of hope! But if you know me, I take a glimmer and turn it into a spotlight. :) But how?
Quite recently, my smoldering campaign for diverse librarians received a dose of gasoline. I came across the following slideshare about School Library Hero Worship:
Sue Fitzgerald, Gwyneth Jones & Shannon Miller). But what stood out and stung like a mosquito, the "whitewash" of faces. After thinking it was my beloved Library Sister, Gwyneth's slideshare--and being happily wrong--I reached out to the creator:
#WeNeedDiverseLibrarians Advocacy Slides:
@awakenlibrarian That presentation is 2 yrs old and its easy not to branch out once you have a PLN. Please share others to follow!— Gwen Lehman (@socdownload) March 9, 2016
Please share this slide and join We Need Diverse Librarians on Twitter! I'm Jean Darnell and I approved this message! Lol! It's election year! I couldn't resist!