Help Needed on List of Lists: An Index of Diversity Book Lists for Adults Project

Rachel Ivy Clarke, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies and Sayward Schoonmaker, MLIS, Syracuse University are asking public libraries across the United States to contribute to their indexing project, List of Lists: An Index of Diversity Book Lists for Adults.

You can contribute your library’s diversity books lists, LibGuides or similar resources publicly available online between 2016 and present using their Google form link. They would like responses by September 1, 2019.

Google form:  

This project aims to advance the good work of diversity book lists by collecting and indexing lists into a faceted-search website where librarians and library users can search for lists organized around particular components of diversity. They are seeking reading lists that cover a wide range of diversities: indigeneity, LGBTQ+, race and ethnicity, religion, gender, aging, disability, social and economic conditions such as incarceration, immigration, and diverse family structures. 

You can indicate in the Google form if you want to be notified when the project is complete, and they will share the index with you!

The project is funded by the American Library Association’s Carnegie-Whitney Grant (

Thank you in advance for considering and contributing to this project.

If you have any questions, please contact them at the emails below.

Sayward Schoonmaker, MLIS, Syracuse University,

Rachel Ivy Clarke, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies,

Strategic or Long Range Planning Resources

As part of our role as consultants, we often receive questions from library workers about strategic or long range planning. We have compiled many of the resources that we refer to when faced with these questions. If you would like a quick way to bookmark these resources, go to our planning page.

Before you get started

Why is a Strategic Plan Necessary for a Small Library? 2015 (Infopeople) – This article from Infopeople details the reasons for strategic planning.

Edge toolkit 2019 (Edge) – The newly updated toolkit is based on a national set of benchmarks for public libraries to evaluate their public technology services, and includes resources, recommendations  and tools for strategic planning and community engagement.

The Planning Process

Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford a Consultant 2018 (Texas State Library) – This 1-hour webinar presented by Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, explores cost-effective ways to approach strategic planning.

A Library Board’s Practical Guide to Strategic Planning 2016 (United for Libraries) – This PDF guide to the planning process is written from the library board’s perspective and includes information about how to complete an environmental scan and write vision and mission statements.

Measuring Outcomes

Project Outcome 2018 (Public Library Association) – This free online toolkit provides outcome measurement tools and resources.

Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas 2017 (American Library Association) – This video presentation includes panelists who have incorporated Project Outcome into their libraries’ planning processes.

Library Examples

Buda Public Library – 2017-2021 – The Buda Public Library’s strategic plan highlights a straightforward approach that is well-organized and data driven.

Fort Worth Public Library – 2019-2021 – This strategic plan is highly visualized, including photographs within the plan document and an accompanying video.

Greenfield Public Library – 2016-2020  – The data in this strategic plan is presented in a few ways, including pie charts and bar graphs.

Additional Reading: Recommended Titles from the Library Science Collection  Long Range Planning for Libraries

Email requests to borrow these titles from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Library Science Collection to  

Crash Course in Strategic Planning (2013). Authors: Stephen A. Matthews and Kimberly D. Matthews – This book provides a clear overview and might be a good place to start.

Strategic Planning for Results (2008). Author: Sandra Nelson for the Public Library Association – A classic, this title focuses on strategic planning with the end result in mind.

Copyright and Fair Use Resources

Questions about copyright? Not sure what counts as fair use? We have gotten a lot of these types of questions recently, and we wanted to provide some resources to help provide some guidance!

Copyright: General Information

Copyright Crash Course from the University of Texas Libraries – This collection of resources, assembled by UT Librarian Colleen Lyon, provides questions to such topics as “Who Owns What?”, “Fair Use,” and “Getting Permission.” – The website of the U.S. Copyright Office, this website provides government information on law and guidance as well as policy issues.

ALA Copyright Tools The home of the Exceptions for Instructors eTool also includes the Public Domain Slider and the Section 108 Spinner.

Copyright for Libraries: ALA Resources This libguide from ALA includes books on copyright information for K-12 librarians and additional resources about copyright.

Fair Use

Fair Use Evaluator – From Michael Brewer and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, this tool can be useful in determining if a work can be used under the Fair Use Doctrine.

Fair Use and Other Educational Uses From the University of Chicago’s Copyright Information Center, this resource provides a Fair Use Checklist and a rules of thumb for determining if your use can be deemed “fair use.”

Copyright and Education

Copyright for Teachers – From Auburn University, this is a concise overview of copyright law for teachers and instructors.

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright and Fair Use – This five-part series from education world includes a section on district liability and teaching responsibility.

Copyright and Primary Sources – This informative resource from the Library of Congress is structured as an easy to read question and answer format.

Exceptions for Instructors eTool – Provides a way to think about if your intended use follows under educational use of copyrighted material under the U.S. Copyright Code.

We are currently exploring ways to provide additional education on copyright for Texas libraries – details will be posted here to our blog as soon as opportunities are finalized. 

As a reminder, we are not lawyers and cannot provide legal assistance. Please refer to an intellectual property attorney or your library’s legal counsel for legal questions.