Evaluating, Auditing and Diversifying Your Collections

Course Overview:

For libraries to effectively meet their mission of serving the educational, informational, and entertainment needs of their communities, their collections must be diverse and inclusive, offering windows into and mirrors of the vast array of perspectives and stories that make up our world.

Library selectors and readers’ advisors must have a keen understanding of the basic frameworks for building and maintaining collections through an equitable lens, including the ability to recognize harmful stereotypes and apply that knowledge to a collection audit.

In this course, you’ll learn from an outstanding group of experts as they explore key concepts essential to cultivating and promoting inclusive and equitable collections. You’ll conduct a diversity audit of your collections, and learn how to include diverse books, wider perspectives, #ownvoices, and how to be both more responsive to the community you serve and more reflective of the diversity of our world. 

The course will cover a wide range of topics, helping teach librarians how to evaluate books and media through an inclusive lens that includes the experiences of LGBTQIA people, people of color, and ethnic, cultural, religious minorities, and more.

In this multifaceted online course, you’ll complete work to ensure that your collections are diverse, equitable, and inclusive—with personal coaching from experts from libraries and beyond.

In addition, you’ll have immediate access to our Diverse Collections Self-Guided Curriculum—a series of webinars from Library Journal and School Library Journal contributors along with rich, supporting materials in the form of readings, activities, and videos—to explore at your own pace. 

Live Interactive Sessions: Tuesdays: Oct 19, Oct 26, and Nov 2 from 2-4 PM ET. Plus, self-guided options and additional bonus content offered so you can follow along at your own pace.

Certificate of Completion Provided
15 PD credits available



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Live sessions bridged with online workshops, video lessons, assignments, discussions, and resources designed to help you conduct your own diversity audit and transform your library. 

Also Available On-Demand! Can’t make a live session? All sessions will be available to you “on-demand”
following the initial broadcast.

The course features live guest speakers in interactive sessions with Q&A as well as self-guided assignments, readings, and weekly discussion topics to support deeper learning. You’ll work in small groups with facilitators experienced in anti-oppression work to complete assignments and field research that will fuel your equity initiatives.

When you attend this interactive online course, you’ll come away with: 

  • The ability to assess current library collections, book promotions, and displays through a diverse lens in order to assess gaps in collections and service areas.

  • An understanding of key diversity and cultural literacy concepts such as white privilege, unconscious bias, cultural appropriation, and intersectionality.

  • The ability to recognize common problematic stereotypes, tropes, and microaggressions in media.

  • The 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 that will transform your understanding of your library users and the services you provide.

Online course features:

  • Instructor-led online course features personalized interaction over 3+ weeks

  • Real-time guest speakers and conversation via live webcast (with recordings available afterward)

  • Self-guided track with video lessons and supporting resources in the online classroom to provide a foundation for your work

  • Homework assignments to help you make progress on your goals

  • Individualized attention from course facilitators who work with you in a coaching environment to help sort out challenges

  • Ongoing group conversation via discussion forums

  • Articles, videos, and other resources

  • Access all course content for 6 months after the course ends

  • Bonus: Register early and get immediate access to archival video recordings from related courses, a curated list of resources from our editors, and other bonus materials!

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 equity audit of your collections. You’ll leave with well-developed strategies designed to make a lasting impact on your library and your community.

Discounted group rates are available 

Have a team attend and increase your impact!

Please contact us at libraryjournal@edmaker.co to learn more about our discounted rates.



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