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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: BibliObservatory Podcast

Resources for library staff serving diverse populations

BibliObservatory LogoThe South Carolina State Library is pleased to announce a new bilingual podcast, BibliObservatory. This podcast is a new series of the LibraryVoicesSC podcast available at 

The podcast is co-hosted by Caroline Smith and Ivette Villarreal, who search for the connection between people’s favorite books or childhood stories and how those stories define their lives. Episodes will also be provided in Spanish.

Listeners can find LibraryVoicesSC on Podbean, Stitcher, and Tune In Radio or add us on your favorite podcast app.

For more information, please contact Caroline Smith.

Podcast Episodes

BibliObservatory - Episode 7 (English) - October 8, 2019

Frank Baker is a media literacy advocate who has published five books on the topic for parents, educators, and students. In this episode, he shares his early history with media and how he became interested in taking a critical look at how stories are told. He also gives a few suggestions for encouraging media literacy in younger generations of students. 


BibliObservatory - Episode 6 (English) - June 18, 2019

Allen Hinnant, a traditional music advocate in Sumter, South Carolina, shares stories from his childhood and his experiences growing up in the fifties in the small town of Kingstree, South Carolina, with a caring family. He tells us how kindness and children’s books have guided him since then and also brought him clarity in the midst of confusion and stereotypes.

Allen Hinnant, defensor de la música tradicional en Sumter (Carolina del Sur). Comparte su infancia y sus experiencias creciendo en los años cincuenta en un pequeño pueblo del Condado de Kingstree en el seno de una familia cariñosa. Él nos cuenta cómo la amabilidad y los libros infantiles le han guiado desde entonces, y también le han dado claridad en medio de la confusión y de los estereotipos. 

BibliObservatory - Episode 5 (English) - May 24, 2019
The poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera (Fowler, California), came to South Carolina for the Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Celebration and stopped by to visit BibliObservatory. He shared some of the stories that he heard when he was a child, family stories that surprised him and filled him with wonder. He also retold some of his favorite childhood experiences. They are memories filled with affection, challenges, sparks, and verbal games. Discover in this episode how those stories and experiences took Juanito, a migrant child, toward the path of poetry.

BibliObservatorio - Episodio 5 (Español) - May 24, 2019
El poeta laureado Juan Felipe Herrera (Fowler, California), vino a Carolina del Sur para la celebración del evento Mentes Juveniles Soñadoras y pasó a visitar BibliObservatorio. Compartió algunos de los cuentos que escuchaba de niño. Eran historias de su familia que le sorprendían y le maravillaban.  Relató también algunas de sus vivencias predilectas de esa época. Son memorias llenas de afecto, retos, chispa y juegos verbales.  Descubra en este episodio cómo esas historias y experiencias llevaron a Juanito, un niño migrante, por los caminos de la poesía.


See All Episodes - full list and resource links

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Many South Carolina State Library programs, resources and services are supported in whole or in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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