We Need Diverse Classics

5 thoughts on “We Need Diverse Classics”

  1. This is a huge issue, crucial to reflect the nature of the community if you are ever going to give any kind of ownership of the space to diverse users and it is crucial to give that ownership if you want to empower people. In my library there is an issue with first nation students feeling uncomfortable in the space and seeing first nation voices helps over come this along with a few other additional measures which I have fought to include, like signage in traditional languages, acknowledgement of first peoples and displays that reflect first nation cultures and learning . Great post!


    1. Thanks so much, Sharon! Your point about ownership is SPOT on! The library belongs to the community — to each person in it — and if one person feels excluded or ignored, then the library is failing.


  2. This is such an insightful post! It’s important for systems to reflect the people that they are supposed to serve/represent. I live in a big city, and I have access to my university’s library, so I don’t have much trouble finding books by people of colour (I’m specifically interested in African literature) but I understand how disheartening it must be to not have access to such works. I’ve been exploring more African classics recently, to expand my idea of what counts as ‘classical literature’. So I commend your efforts, especially with the Own Voices Global Reading Challenge. If you want, I give you a couple recommendations for June (Subsaharan Africa).


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