Northeast Ohio Regional Library System

Service Anchors: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Youth Library Services and Programming
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Programming, and Patron Awareness
Event Description

It’s crucial for youth services library paraprofessionals and Librarians to support lifelong learning by constantly developing cultural awareness, acceptance, and understanding of how diverse and rich our young library patrons and families are. During this speaking engagement, attendees will be introduced to basic diverse, equitable, and inclusive concepts, theories, and terminology key for youth library services and programming.  They will learn key knowledge regarding children and race research and identify how it’s helpful in planning EDI youth programming. Similarly, library team members will explore ways to equitably introduce diverse and inclusive collections and technology to youth, caregivers, and educators, and analyze the book banning movement.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Utilize take-a-aways to thoroughly analyze communities, services, and programs and develop an awareness and understanding of how important genuine representation is to young library patrons and their caregivers.
  • Commence their journey in designing and facilitating diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible library services and enriching programs without incorporating or displaying common misconceptions.
  • Spark the desire to continuously self-reflect on diverse, equitable, and inclusive concepts, theories, and terminology that will foster lifelong learning

Maria F. Estrella (She/Her/Hers/Ella) earned a Master of Communication and Information in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, two Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Social Work, and Spanish from Cleveland State University, and received Diversity and Inclusion certification from Cornell University.  Her career history includes approximately two decades of library experience working in a five-star rated urban-research library system.  She served on national committees, juries, and task forces, whose primary goal is to provide diverse literacy and technological resources/services to enhance the lives of young readers and encourage them to become lifelong scholars.   She was similarly honored with the 2021 recipient of the Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of The Year Award and is currently an American Library Association Councilor-at-Large as well as a Board Member of the Association of Library Services for Children. Maria is also the founder of Young Diverse Readers Consulting.

Erica Marks is a public librarian and owner of Book Marks Live Consulting. Within her twenty years of public library service, Erica has created unique and unconventional programming for youth. Through collaborative partnerships, programs such as Books-n-Beats, Girl Power!, and Man Up, CLE (Cleveland) became successful empowerment events, promoting literacy, leadership, and self-respect. Erica is a member of the American Library Association. She served on the 2020 Randolph Caldecott Committee and previously served on the 2017-2018 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury. Erica graduated from Kent State University with a Masters of Information and Library Science and Ashford University, receiving a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor in Social and Criminal Justice.

Annisha Jeffries is a public librarian and Founder of Born Readers, LLC Consulting.  Within her 25 years of public library service, Annisha has established herself as an advocate for children's services through collaborative partnerships, with community organizations locally and nationally. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Annisha is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Information and Library Science and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Cleveland State University. She is a 2000 American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship recipient and has served on various selection committees, including the 2018 Caldecott Committee, and was the Chair of the 2021 Caldecott Committee. Currently, she is the Chair of the Norman A Sugarman Children’s Biography Award.

Breakout rooms will be used, to have the optimal experience please have a camera and a microphone to use.  You will still be able to participate via the chat if you do not have a microphone.

Online via Zoom
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Who should attend: Youth Services

Competency:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Programming, Patron Awareness

Non-Member Cost:      $55
NEO-RLS Bronze Member Cost:  $40
NEO-RLS Silver Member Cost:    $25
NEO-RLS Gold Member Cost:    FREE
NEO-RLS Individual Member Cost:  $27.50

This event is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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