WEEK 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
SESSION 1: What Is a Diverse and Inclusive Collection?
2:00-2:30 PM ET
Kiera Parrott, LJ/SLJ Reviews Director, and Shelley Diaz, SLJ Reviews Manager and SLJTeen Editor, will explain how the discussion groups and assignments will work and highlight key concepts, including #ownvoices, privilege, and intersectionality.
Shelley M. Diaz, SLJ Reviews Manager & SLJTeen Editor, School Library Journal
Kiera Parrott, Reviews Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal; Former Children’s Librarian
SESSION 2: Conducting a Diversity Audit
2:30-3:15 PM ET
Karen Jensen and Annabelle Mortensen will discuss the need for librarians to perform regular audits of their collections and programs in order to better align offerings to community need, identify gaps, and set benchmarks for diversification. Participants will learn how to perform 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.
Karen Jensen, MLS, Creator & Administrator, Teen Librarian Toolbox
Annabelle Mortensen, Access Services Manager, Skokie Public Library (IL)
3:15-3:30 PM ET
SESSION 3: Stereotypes, Tropes, and Cultural Appropriation
3:30-4:15 PM ET
Some common stereotypes in books and media are easy to spot—others require a more fine-tuned understanding of culture and history. In this session, librarians will learn how to spot problematic stereotypes and tropes—and how to avoid unintentionally perpetuating such depictions. Participants will hear from several experts in the field about the ways that specific marginalized cultures—Native American, Asian American, and African American—are portrayed in mainstream media, their cultural traditions misunderstood or misrepresented, and their stories appropriated by cultural outsiders.
Jennifer Baker, Writer, Editor, Advocate, and Founder, Minorities in Publishing podcast
Naomi Bishop, Teaching, Learning, Research Services Librarian, Northern Arizona University
Sarah Park Dahlen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Master of Library and Information Science Program, St. Catherine University (MN)
WEEK 2: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
SESSION 1: Keynote: Measuring and Assessing Inclusivity
2:00-2:45 PM ET
In the era of “big data,” how can we see the forest for the trees? What are the indicators of equity and how do we measure them effectively? Join Stephen Menendian, author of the Haas Institute’s Inclusiveness Index, a global ranking system which assesses nations based on their inclusivity and group-based marginalization, as he shares his insight into what a rigorous assessment of equity looks like. Stephen will discuss the opportunities and obstacles for understanding the the complex world we inhabit with applied lessons for your library community in measuring equity.
Stephen Menendian, Assistant Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
2:45-3:00 PM ET
SESSION 2: Library Accessibility: Issues and Initiatives to Improve
3:00-3:30 PM ET
While ensuring equal and accessible library and information access, regardless of ability, is a core value of libraries, library accessibility is an area that nearly every library could improve upon. Heidi Schroeder, Accessibility Coordinator at Michigan State University Libraries, will discuss common accessibility issues facing libraries, especially related to e-resources, and share accessibility initiatives to help address them. You’ll leave with an increased awareness of accessibility best practices and information you can take back to their library to be an even better advocate for accessibility.
Heidi Schroeder, Accessibility Coordinator, Michigan State University Libraries
SESSION 3: How Equitable Are Your Library Programs?
3:30-4:00 PM ET
Learn how to conduct an equity audit of your library programs and services and develop a plan of action for the future. We’ll take you through establishing a protocol for your audit, as well as what to do with the results once you have them, in this session designed to help you tackle gaps in your programming and address barriers to access in your community.
Josie Watanabe, Student Success Program Manager, Seattle Public Library
WEEK 3: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
SESSION 1: Using Local History to Combat Racism
2:00-3:00 PM ET
Librarians Andrea Blackman, Nashville Civil Rights Room, and Angel Tucker, Johnson County, will offer a deep dive into how they use their institutions’ historical collections and resources to help patrons, students, and community members explore, critically analyze, and combat systemic racism.
Andrea Blackman, Division Manager, Special Collections & Director, Civil Rights Room, Nashville Public Library (TN)
Angel Jewel Tucker, Youth Services Manager, Johnson County Library, Overland Park (KS)
3:00-3:15 PM ET
SESSION 2: How Equitable and Inclusive is Your Library Staff?
3:15-4:00 PM ET
A vital component in ensuring your library is equitable and inclusive is to consider staffing and representation. In this session, Debbie Anderson of Los Angeles County Public Library will share details of the iCount Initiative, which sought to address issues of equity in staffing as well as microaggressions, and empowered library staff to be change agents in their communities. You’ll learn how the program was developed and implemented, with practical takeaways you can apply to your own library.
Deborah Anderson, Youth Services Administrator, Los Angeles County Library