Inclusive Library Design

When building physical, inclusive library spaces, it’s important to carefully consider the images you’re sharing on the library walls. Use these resources to double check that your library posters aren’t reinforcing Asian American Pacific Islander stereotypes, as well as for identifying inclusive reading community imagery, learning about Asian American Pacific Islander illustrators, and finding ideas for positive and non-stereotyping Asian American Pacific Islander library displays.
 

In Search of Mirrors: An Asian Critical Race Theory Content Analysis of Asian American Picturebooks from 2007 to 20171. “In Search of Mirrors: An Asian Critical Race Theory Content Analysis of Asian American Picturebooks From 2007 to 2017,” Noreen Naseem Rodríguez and Esther June Kim

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Before we can move forward in the imagery we include in our library spaces, we need to understand from where we’ve come. Naseem Rodríguez and June Kim’s article uses critical content analysis to isolate Asian stereotype motifs in a decade of picture books. “In Search of Mirrors” is a strong starting point for understanding the history of stereotyped depictions of the Asian community in kidlit.
 

Illustrations from Women Who Draw website2. Women Who Draw: Asian American Illustrators

Artist Database

Looking for illustrated library decor? Here’s a place to start: Women Who Draw is an online, open directory of female* professional illustrators, artists, and cartoonists. This is the directory’s list of self-identifying Asian American artists.
 

Screenshot from Asian Americans in the People’s History of the United States webpage3. Asian Americans in the People’s History of the United States

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24 brief profiles of key figures and events in Asian American and Pacific Islander history. Includes photographic portraits, as well as hyperlinks to further reading. Helpful for building inclusive library displays.
 

Sample Poster from Screenshot from Asian Americans in the People’s History of the United States webpage4. Learning for Justice: One World Posters

Graphics

These “One World” reading inspiration library posters are free, high resolution, and printable. Created by the Learning for Justice project.