Diversity in Youth Services & Collections

My research interests relate to the study of diverse and multicultural materials, services, and programs in libraries and other educational settings.


Book chapters:

Long, A. K. (2021). From reflection to action: Developing an impactful diverse literature course for future librarians [Tentative title]. In Hartsfield, D. (Ed.), Teaching diverse youth literature to pre-service professionals, IGI Global. [Accepted for publication]

Long, A. K. (2017). Youth services. In K. de la P. McCook, Introduction to Public Librarianship (3rd. ed.). ALA Editions.

Long, A. K., & McCook, K. de la P. (2011). Youth Services. In K. de la P. McCook, Introduction to Public Librarianship (2nd. ed.) (241-281). Neal-Schuman.


Long, A. K. (2020). The Family Heritage House: A unique museum-college library partnership. Florida Libraries, 63(1), 30-34.

Long, A. K. (2014). Women of library history: Kathleen de la Peña McCook. Feminist Task Force, American Library Association.

Bensen, A. & Long, A. K. (2010). Celebrating scholarship, knowledge, and camaraderie: The 20th Anniversary of the Alice G. Smith Lecture Series. Florida Libraries, 53(1), 14-15.


Long, A. K. (Ed.). (2011). ACURIL XLI: Proceedings from the Annual Conference : The Role of Libraries and Archives in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Research. Tampa, Fla: Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries.

Book Reviews:

  • The Horn Book Magazine
    • Argueta, Jorge. Somos como las nubes / We are like the clouds.
    • Denise, Anika Aldamuy. Planting stories: The life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré
    • Engle, Margarita. Dancing hands: How Teresa Carreño played the piano for President Lincoln.
    • Fullerton, Alma. Hand over hand.
    • Hernandez, Jaime. The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America.
    • the Third, Raúl. ¡Vamos! Let’s go eat!
    • the Third, Raúl. ¡Vamos! Let’s go to the market!


IFLA/UNESCO. (2020). Multicultural Library Manifesto Toolkit.

Book Awards Committees:

  • 2020-2021 The Walter Award (Walter Dean Myers) – We Need Diverse Books
    • Selection Committee Member
  • 2017-2018: Pura Belpré Award – ALSC/REFORMA (ALA Youth Media Awards)
    • Selection Committee Chair
  • 2015-2017:  Florida Teens Read (FAME)
    • Committee Member
  • 2013-2014:  Pura Belpré Award – ALSC/REFORMA (ALA Youth Media Awards)
    • Selection Committee Member


  • “Whose Stories? Whose Voices?: Diversity in Our Libraries’ Youth Collections” Presenter. Suncoast Information Specialists. October 24, 2019.
  • “Collaboration: Academic and School Librarians Working Together” Webinar presenter. Florida Libraries Association. April 27, 2017.
  • Pura Belpré Award 20th Anniversary” Panel member. Margarita Engle, Rafael Lopez, Sandra Rios Balderrama, Josie Bustos, and Alicia K. Long. Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children Literature, California State-Fresno, California. September 2016.
  • “Slimming Down: Why Not Feed Your Need to Weed?” Panel member. Judy Born, Valerie Boulos, Alicia K. Long, & Ying Zhang. Panhandle Library Network (PLAN) Mini Conference, September 9, 2016. Panama City, FL. and Florida Library Association (FLA) Conference, March 2, 2016. Daytona Beach, FL.
  • “Caldecotts, Newberys, Belprés, – Oh My!: All About Book Award Selection Committees” Pre-conference workshop presenter. Florida Media in Education (FAME) Annual Conference, October 21, 2015 – Orlando, FL
  • “¿Sí o no? Facts & Myths About Library Services to Latinos” Webinar presenter. Florida Library Association (FLA). October 20, 2015.
  • “Book Awards and Library Services to Latinos” Interview on “Have You Heard?” Radio Program. WSLR, 96.5 (Sarasota, FL). July 22, 2014.
  • “Emerging Leaders – Team N: Noche de Cuentos/A Night of Stories” Poster Session. Alicia K. Long, Tina Chan, and Johnice Dominick. ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, California, 2012.
  • “FLA Annual Conference Recap: Leading the reinstatement of REFORMA de Florida” Panel member. Alicia K. Long. Suncoast Information Specialists, John Germany Library, Tampa, FL. June, 2011.
  • “Access for All: Best Practices for Libraries Serving Immigrant Communities” Panel member. Lucía González, Adam Davis, Isabel Castro, and Alicia Long. FLA 2011 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. May 4, 2011.