The aim of this toolkit is to provide guidance and ideas to help course leaders diversify and decolonise the teaching curriculum and ensure that Reading Lists represent our diverse student body. In addition, this page demonstrates the range of resources available to students so that they can suggest items to be added to their lists.
This toolkit supports the Library's Collections Development and Management Policy, which states that:
"We are committed to developing inclusive collections that reflect the richness of thought, ideas and experience from across our diverse and global community of users."
Use this checklist to evaluate how diverse your Reading Lists are.
Our Reading List checklist was inspired by the work of other university libraries including University of the Arts London, University College London and University of Huddersfield.
The University of Huddersfield Library have done some brilliant work on diversifying their reading lists. Their Reading List Toolkit page has loads of information that can help to guide you to places of interest.
The University of Kent maintain a curated padlet of decolonised reading lists from various institutions covering a wide range of subjects.
The University of East Anglia have used Zotero to make a publicly accessible bibliography about decolonising the curriculum.
Take a look at some of these resources, which will hopefully inspire you to find material to diversify your reading list.
You can browse the library's catalogue on YorSearch to find material related to your teaching. The library has created lists of diverse resources, which are linked below, and are regularly updated as new items are added to our collections.
Tip: If you want something added to our stock you can simply use our purchase suggestion form and we will do our best to add it to Library.