Library Journal is offering two online professional development courses coming up. There is a cost for these courses, so take note.
Equity in Action
Offered February 25 – March 10 (and again September 29 – October 13)
In this course, you will learn from equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) experts in speaker sessions created specifically for library professionals. You’ll learn about the concrete actions library leaders are taking to make their libraries more equitable today and in the future, and the tools that make it possible. Practical coursework, along with targeted support, will take you from theory to application, helping you to transform your library services to better meet the needs of all your users—and bring in new ones.
You’ll complete assignments to build your own diversity initiative over 3+ weeks in an interactive online classroom environment with personal coaching from an expert in the field. In addition, you’ll have access to our foundational bonus content—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.
To Register for the Febrary/March event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equity-in-action-taking-your-diversity-and-inclusion-initiatives-to-the-next-level-tickets-86511956591
To Register for the September/October event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equity-in-action-taking-your-diversity-and-inclusion-initiatives-to-the-next-level-tickets-87150885645
Evaluating, Auditing, and Diversifying Your Collections
Offered April 28 – May 12 (and again October 20 – November 10)
We’ll explore key concepts essential to cultivating and promoting inclusive and equitable collections, such as the experiences of LGBTQIA people, Native people, people of color, people with disabilities, non-binary or gender non-conforming people, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
As part of the course you will conduct a diversity audit, and learn how to include diverse books, wider perspectives, #ownvoices, and how to be more responsive to the community you serve.
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.
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 diversity initiatives.
To Register for the April/May event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evaluating-auditing-and-diversifying-your-collections-tickets-86510460115
To Register for the October/November event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evaluating-auditing-and-diversifying-your-collections-tickets-87150021059