Tuesday, November 7, 2017

WLA YSS Sessions in Short: Diversify Me!

Jenni Frencham, YSS Member and Youth Services Director at the Columbus Public Library, presented an excellent and informative session called "Diversify Me! Incorporating Diverse Titles into Your Collections, Displays and Programming." It was an ideal follow-up to this year's preconference and was also an outstanding example of how to implement diversity in the library right now.

Here is a link to the slides and here is a link to the handout she shared from Children and Libraries Fall 2015 issue on "Awards that Celebrate Diversity in Children's Literature" compiled by Laura Schulte-Cooper. Both will be posted on the WLA Conference Program Handouts page in the near future.

Jenni described ways to do a shelf audit to see how many diverse titles are already in your collection, reminders to include diversity in your program publicity and flyers, bias in holiday collections, including books with diverse characters in Storytimes, incorporating diversity into passive readers advisory, and other practical tips.

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