Building Inclusive Collections: How to Create a More Diverse Library Collection
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop famously wrote about the need for “windows” and “mirrors” in children’s literature to help children and teens both empathize with others and to see themselves in literature. Regardless of the demographics of a community, school and public libraries need to build diverse youth collections to support this social and emotional learning of the community’s youth.
This workshop is appropriate for all levels of youth services librarians and will explore the best practices for building and promoting inclusive collections, from identifying solid literature to incorporating diverse titles in displays and programs. Participants will hear from renowned voices in children’s literature, and will be exposed to movements such as We Need Diverse Books and #OwnVoices. Takeaways will include varied resources for finding books as well as concrete ways to identify problematic titles that may already exist in a library’s collection - and what to do about them.
After attending this workshop you will:
* Be able to list at least five resources for finding diverse and inclusive titles to add to your collection
* Create at least one goal for a future display or program that promotes inclusivity in your community
* Have a plan for addressing problematic titles in your collection
* Be able to express the rationale for your goal and plan to stakeholders in your community
This workshop supports the MLS Strategic Plan’s themes of Social Justice and Building a Strong MA Library Community.
MBTA Accessible Option! Those who prefer to drive can find parking at municipal garages in the area.
- Friday, March 23, 2018
- 1:00pm - 3:00pm
- Malden Public Library
- CE Classes