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How to Build Diverse Collections

Tuesday, October 18

Tuesdays, October 18, 25, and November 1, 2022.

Complete a collection audit in this transformative online workshop and guest speaker program October 18, 25, and November 1, with live sessions at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Join us for this guest speaker program and online workshop where you’ll learn from experts how to support the ‘whole patron’ in your practice, programs, partnerships, and services.

Library collections must be diverse and inclusive, offering windows into, and reflections of the vast array of people, stories and experiences that make up our world.

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 and inclusion audit of your collections, and hear about ways to include wider perspectives from and about LGBTQIA people, Black, indigenous, and people of color, and historically underrepresented ethnicities, cultures, and religions. You’ll learn how to ensure that your collections are more reflective of the diversity of  your community and the larger world.

You’ll complete assignments to complete a diversity and inclusion audit over 3+ weeks in an interactive online classroom environment with personal coaching from an expert in the field. In addition, you’ll have access to our foundational bonus content—rich supporting materials you can explore at your own pace, including a series of webinars from Library Journal and School Library Journal contributors, readings, activities, and videos.

The transformational speaker program has given thousands of librarians the tools and vision for meaningful change. The live sessions run on Tuesdays, October 18 and 25, and November 1, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PT (recordings available) with an ongoing facilitator-led workshop over 3 weeks. Don’t miss this opportunity!

This is a companion course to How to Build an Antiracist Library Culture, which we recommend taking before or after How to Build Diverse Collections. 

When you attend this interactive online course, you’ll come away with:

  • The ability to assess current library collections, book promotions, and displays through a diverse lens in order to assess gaps in collections and service areas.
  • An understanding of key diversity and cultural literacy concepts such as white privilege, unconscious bias, cultural appropriation, and intersectionality.
  • The ability to recognize common problematic stereotypes, tropes, and microaggressions in media.
  • The ability to assess the diversity and inclusiveness of current collection development and RA practices.
  • Guidance on planning and executing a diversity audit.
  • Tools, tips, and advice on how to better diversify collections and displays.
  • A plan of action to better diversify your library collections and address gap areas that will transform your understanding of your library users and the services you provide.

See more workshop information here.

CALL-SPONSORED: CALL is offering a limited number of free seats to California library staff in this Library Journal course. Please register above for one of these no-cost seats. In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat for someone else. Thank you for supporting CALL!


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