Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cultural Literacy and Diversity for Librarians

The SLJ Diversity Workshop editors of School Library Journal present a one-day workshop on Cultural Literacy and Diversity for Librarians. This immersive, interactive day of learning will focus on evaluation of books and media, collection development practices, readers’ advisory, and book marketing and promotion.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Simmons University
Boston, MA

Attendees will come away with an understanding of key concepts, such as white privilege, implicit bias, and intersectionality. Librarians will learn how to recognize offensive stereotypes, tropes, and microaggressions within media and how to assess for authenticity and appropriation.
Participants will get an overview and tips on performing a diversity audit and learn how to craft selection policies and guidelines that set benchmarks for diversity and inclusion.

Instructors will include Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal reference and professional reading editor; Kiera Parrott, reviews director at Library Journal and School Library Journal, and Cassie Sheets, University of Montana Instructor and Children's Literature Consultant.
Primary audience: school librarians; public youth services librarians; educators

Key skills/competencies addressed:
Understanding of key diversity and cultural literacy concepts such as white privilege, implicit bias, stereotypes and tropes, microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and intersectionality.
Ability to recognize common problematic elements in text and art.

Ability to assess the diversity and inclusiveness of current collection development, RA, and promotional practices.

Tools, tips, and advice on how to better diversify collections and displays and how to advocate for inclusive books.

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