Censorship, Equity Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Audit

Transcending Your Worldview and Internalized Biases Karen Jensen said in her “Diversity Auditing 101: How to Evaluate Your Collection” for School Library Journal, “A diversity audit takes inventory and determines what’s in a collection and what areas need to be better developed. It yields concrete data. This type of audit helps put the science in library science.” I firmly believe that a diversity audit is important because as a 40-year-old white woman, I am the dominant demographic in librarianship, and I had lived under the assumption I was building an inclusive collection. By conducting a diversity audit, it made meContinue reading

Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Politics

The Equality Act

As a cisgender bisexual woman (she/hers), the Equality Act is important to me. In this post, I will provide resources and information for educators and others on this landmark civil rights legislation as it makes its way through the 117th U.S. Congress. Similar bills have been proposed since the 1970s, but the modern version of the Equality Act was proposed in the 116th U.S. Congress. It passed the United States House on May 17, 2019 in a bipartisan 236–173 vote. However, the Senate did not act upon the bill after receiving it. Even if the Senate had acted and passedContinue reading


Parler: Research From A School Librarian and PreK-12 Educator

Appeal to Educators Educators, if you are on or using Parler, I want to ask you to seriously reconsider your presence and participation there. In this post I will share with you the research I have regarding this site and the news sources who propagate links, stories, images, and more that are detrimental to our democracy and unity as a country. Bias Let’s talk about bias for a moment. Merriam-Webster defines bias as “an inclination of temperament or outlook, especially a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment or prejudice, an instance of such prejudice, a systematic error introduced into sampling orContinue reading

Equity Diversity & Inclusion

Official Complaint to TCEA & Resolutions Given by TCEA

My Blog Post Content Warning: Homophobia, Suicide I want to begin with a quote I saw on Twitter that speaks to why I am writing this and making this information public: “May our wounds not have the final say. May we see ourselves beyond the gaze of someone who tried to erase us.” – Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis Tweet Terminology: To establish a foundation of common understanding before addressing what occurred at TCEA, I would like to define some terms directly related to my harassment and discrimination for you from the GLAAD Media Reference Guide:  Sexual Orientation The scientifically accurate termContinue reading

Consent Rape & Sexual Assault

One day she will tell you that she has had enough

Content Warning: Rape, sexual assault, suicide, and violence Recently I heard the song “Face Down” by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (play it before you read…) and using the lyrics as inspiration, I started thinking about this blog post: Do you feel like a man When you push her around? Do you feel better now, as she falls to the ground? Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s got to end As your lies crumble down, a new life she has found Facedown in the dirt When I was 16 we moved from Illinois to Texas. This wasContinue reading