Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo is the Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor at The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies. His research interests include library services to diverse populations and diversity in children’s and YA media (print and digital). He teaches courses in public librarianship, children’s literature, storytelling, and materials and services to children, young adults, families, and diverse populations. He has worked in both school and public libraries in Alabama as an elementary school library media specialist and as the coordinator of youth services/children’s librarian.
Dr. Naidoo consults regularly with various non-profit and for-profit organizations to develop children’s media and educational curricula that authentically and accurately depict the various diverse cultural groups. He also works with libraries and schools interested in serving the literacy needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, asexual, intersex and more (LGBTQAI+/Rainbow) children and teens; LGBTQ families/Rainbow Families; and other culturally diverse populations.
He is actively involved in the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). Dr. Naidoo is a lifetime member for REFORMA and past recipient of the American Library Association’s Achievement in Library Diversity Research. He is the author of the ALSC white paper The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children.
Keywords = Cultural Bias, LGBTQIA+, Collections, Programming for Children and Young Adults
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