Tuesday, October 20 2020

Equity In Action: Building Diverse Collections 2 pm - 4 pm

For libraries to effectively meet their mission of serving the educational, informational, and entertainment needs of their communities, their collections must be diverse and inclusive, offering windows into and mirrors of the vast array of perspectives and stories that make up our world.

Library selectors and readers’ advisors must have a keen understanding of the basic frameworks for building and maintaining collections through an equitable lens, including the ability to recognize harmful stereotypes and apply that knowledge to a collection audit.

In this course, you’ll learn from an outstanding group of experts as they explore key concepts essential to cultivating and promoting inclusive and equitable collections. You’ll conduct a diversity audit of your collections, and learn how to include diverse books, wider perspectives, #OwnVoices, and how to be both more responsive to the community you serve and more reflective of the diversity of our world.

The course will cover a wide range of topics, helping teach librarians how to evaluate books and media through an inclusive lens that includes the experiences of LGBTQIA people, people of color, and ethnic, cultural, religious minorities, and more.

Live Interactive Sessions: Tuesdays: October 20, October 27, and November 10 from 2-4 PM ET. Plus, additional self-guided materials and bonus content. Can’t make a live session? No worries. All sessions will be available to you “on-demand” following the initial broadcast.

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Part 1: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 2-4 pm ET
Session 1 | 2:00-2:15 pm ET
What Is a Diverse and Inclusive Collection?
Mahnaz Dar, Reference and Professional Reading Editor at Library Journaland School Library Journal, will explain how the discussion groups and assignments will work and highlight key concepts, including #OwnVoices, privilege, and intersectionality.
Mahnaz Dar, Reference and Professional Reading Editor, Library Journal/School Library Journal

Session 2 | 2:15-3:00 pm ET
Collection Management Strategies to Enact Change at Your Library
Being aware of a lack of diversity in your library collections and having the intention to make a change is important, but having a plan of action to address these problems is where the magic happens. In this session, you’ll learn concrete strategies for making lasting change in your approach to collection development and management, ensuring your library’s collections are inclusive.
Robin Bradford, Collection Development Librarian, Pierce County Library System (WA)

Intermission | 3:00-3:15 pm ET

Session 3 | 3:15-4:00 pm ET
Conducting a Diversity Audit of Your Collections
In this session, we’ll discuss both the process of conducting a diversity audit and what comes next after you’ve successfully audited your collection. You’ll learn how to plan a diversity audit, which salient data points should be included, how to gather the requisite information, how to set goals to address gaps, and how to make diversity and inclusion natural parts of collection management and promotion. You’ll also come away with an understanding of what to do with your data once you have it, how to create a plan of implementation, and where to go next.
Karen Jensen, MLS, Creator and Administrator, Teen Librarian Toolbox

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