Tuesday, October 27 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 2: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2–4:15 pm ET

Session 1: 2:00-4:00 pm ET
Stereotypes, Tropes, and Cultural Appropriation: A Collection Development Deep Dive
Some common stereotypes in books and media are easy to spot—others require a more fine-tuned understanding of culture and history. In this series of enlightening sessions, you will learn how to spot problematic stereotypes and tropes and how to avoid unintentionally perpetuating such depictions. You will hear from several experts in the field about the ways that specific marginalized cultures—Native American, Asian American, African American, and LGBTQIA+—are portrayed in mainstream media, their cultural traditions misunderstood or misrepresented, and their stories appropriated by cultural outsiders. You’ll walk away with the knowledge you need to build a more representative, inclusive collection at your library or institution.

Part 1: Jennifer Baker, writer, editor, advocate, and founder, "Minorities
in Publishing: podcast

Part 2: To be announced soon

Intermission | 3:00-3:15 pm ET

Session 3 | 3:15-3:45
To be announced soon

Session 4 | 3:45-4:15
Kara Stewart, Author, Teacher, Literacy Specialist

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