Inclusive Collections: A Frank Conversation about Diversity in Library Resources

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What prevents us from creating inclusive collections? Building collections that are inclusive with representation of diverse voices provides authentic stories that share the wealth and richness of other cultures, lived experiences, and traditions.

Auditing libraries is vital work and ensures that stories captured within the collection create positive views, showcase many perspectives, and celebrate what makes all humans unique. School librarians serve as gatekeepers and must connect patrons to a variety of resources.

Join Nancy Jo Lambert and Lesley Roane on August 25, 4:00 PM EST for this important discussion and a wealth of resources you can use right away in your collection development.

Join us to:

  • Examine common biases and soft censorship at play in libraries that might impact inclusive collection development
  • Discover concrete steps to evaluate your collection and tools for conducting a diversity audit
  • Receive curated resources to engage with diverse titles to add to your collection pre-K–12

Thank you to our webinar sponsor, OverDrive Education!

Nancy Jo Lambert, MLS, is a pre-K–12 teacher-librarian at Reedy High School in Frisco, TX, and a learning guide for friEDtechnology. She earned her master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of North Texas and is a blogger for AASL’s Knowledge Quest blog. She is a presenter advocating for libraries by telling the story of the learning happening in her library. She holds positions in TLA, TASL, TCEA, ALA, AASL, and ISTE. She has been published in professional journals, has won numerous awards and grants, and was named TCEA Library Media Specialist of the Year and the AASL Social Media Superstar Curriculum Champion in 2019. She is a white, cisgender bisexual woman and co-founder of #TeachPride with EduPrideAlliance.org and she is known for sharing her professional work on Twitter @NancyJoLambert and her website reedylibrary.com.

Lesley Roane, MLS, is a middle school librarian at Maus Middle School in Frisco ISD. She received a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. She is active in her campus community mentoring students through clubs and extracurricular academic activities. She has coached the African American Male Academic Bowl team, sponsors Girls Who Code, and provides a safe space for all students.  Lesley is a member of the district Library Leadership Team and  Diversity Task Force. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling. Currently, Lesley is learning about 3D printing. She can be reached at roanel@friscoisd.org and followed on Twitter @MrsReadAloud.

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