Diversity and Cultural Competency Training: Collections & RA

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What You Need to Know to Build and Market Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Collections

Live Sessions on Thursdays at 1:00 PM ET: November 2, 9 & 16. Bridged with Online Workshops and Discussions

Become a more culturally literate librarian and a more effective advocate for your community. In this three-week foundational course, you will explore key concepts in diversity and inclusion from leading guest speakers in sessions created specifically for librarian professionals who work in collections and readers’ advisory (RA). The online lectures and workshops address cultural competencies and cultural literacies from various perspectives and challenge you to complete work that will transform your understanding of your library users and the services you provide.

Outcome: Ability to assess current library collections, book promotions, and displays through a diversity lens in order to assess gaps in collections and service areas.

  • Understanding of key diversity and cultural literacy concepts such as white privilege, unconscious bias, cultural appropriation, and intersectionality
  • Ability to recognize common problematic stereotypes, tropes, and microaggressions in media
  • 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

Inspiring Live Guest Speakers + Project-Based Learning

Engage with presenters via live video stream, visual presentations, and chats, and workshop practical solutions in groups, with guidance from an advisor, to map out your own cultural literacy and inclusion programs or initiatives. You’ll leave with well-developed strategies designed to make a lasting impact on your community.

Who should take this course?

This event is excellent for public librarians, both adult and youth services; academic librarians; and school librarians. The program will be especially relevant to librarians in collection development, collection management, merchandising and displays, and library marketing and outreach.

View the full course agenda at http://learn.libraryjournal.com/courses/diversity-cultural-competency-training/

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