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Diverse and inclusive resources at UVa Library and beyond
UVA Library staff recommend seven books and a TV show highlighting work created by and about Native Americans to commemorate Native American Heritage Month. Their choices range from crucial contemporary fiction to revelatory works describing forgotten experiences of Native people who encountered European colonialism.
From magical realism master Gabriel García Márquez to exciting debut novelist Xochitl Gonzalez, there are thousands of Latinx authors to celebrate during Hispanic Heritage Month, which overlaps September and the first few weeks of October. We’ve gathered some book recommendations from UVA librarians and Ph.D. candidates from the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Department.
Here are just a few of the books, films, and documents by and about queer folks that can be found at the UVA Library. This list only scratches the surface of what is out there, but provides a glimpse into queer history and culture, much of which has been historically ignored by mainstream cultural institutions like libraries, archives, museums, publishers, film studios, and others.
May is Asian American and Pacific American Heritage Month! Celebrate by reading literature, poetry, and more by Asian American and Pacific Island artists. Here’s a list prepared by Undergraduate Student Success Librarian Haley Gillilan to get you started.
Want to explore Arab American literature but don’t know where to start? UVA Library holds a substantial collection of Arab American fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Amy Hunsaker, Librarian for Music and Performing Arts, prepared the list. Please direct research queries involving Arab American experiences, histories, and lives to Phil McEldowney, Librarian for Middle East and South Asia Studies.
Growing out of the first International Women’s Day on March 8, 1911, Women’s History Month was established when the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress in 1987 to designate March as a month to raise awareness of the full scope of often-overlooked women’s history. If you would like to dig more into women’s history, the Library has an abundance of resources to explore.
The aim of Black History Month is to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made in the United States. Katrina Spencer, Librarian for African American and African Studies, shares some streaming content that was made by and about African Americans and also titles that represent some broader areas of the African diaspora.
One in five Americans lives with a disability. December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which the United Nations created as an annual observance in 1992. In recognition, Library staff recommended some books they’ve read recently.
November is Native American Heritage Month. Follow the conversation between Librarian for African American and African Studies Katrina Spencer and other Library staff discussing recommended titles from the Library collection about the histories, cultures, lands, and politics of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. For research guidance and queries about Indigenous groups, contact our Librarian for Art, Archaeology, & Indigenous Studies Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos.
Want to know which Hispanic and Latinx titles Library staff are reading? Follow the conversation between Video Collections Librarian Leigh Rockey and Librarian for African American and African Studies Katrina Spencer to discover some titles they recommend from around the world that are available in the Library’s collection. For research regarding represented geographies, peoples, and cultures, please contact Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian Miguel Valladares-Llata.
Your Librarian for African American and African Studies Katrina Spencer loves graphic novels and comics. So, in keeping with July as Booklist’s Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, she has selected a few titles from a wealth of illustrious (and illustrated!) books.
All year round, but especially in June, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning communities celebrate, remember, and honor the lives of people who have advanced their human rights. Your Librarian for African American and African Studies, Katrina Spencer, recommends a few works as a way of helping you learn more about the peoples represented by the letters LGBTQ, their narratives, their questions, and their lives.
Please enjoy some book recommendations with reviews by UVA Library staff of narratives highlighting the Asian diaspora. The reading list was crowdsourced by Katrina Spencer, Librarian for African American and African Studies. For research queries centered on Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences, histories, and lives, contact the Library’s Director of Research in the Arts and Humanities Chris Ruotolo.