Representing the Romance: Diversity and Inclusion in the Romance Collections of Public Libraries​

M.S. in Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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The romance genre is the only section of literature that ensures love and happy endings for its characters. It is for this reason that novels with diverse authors and main characters are crucial in library collections as every person should see themselves represented and as deserving of love. The intention of this paper is to research to what extent the romance collections of large public library systems are diverse and inclusive. This will be determined by title searching for thirty-five popular romance novels with diverse main characters in the online catalogs of the ten public library systems with the largest service populations in a southern state of the United States. If a system has at least 50 percent of the novels on the list then its collection will be evaluated as being minimally inclusive and possibly developed for diversity.