Northeast Ohio Regional Library System

Conducting a Diversity Audit of Your Collections and Ordering: Where to Start
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern
Collection Management and Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
Event Description

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 apply that knowledge to a collection audit.

In this course, learn from Collection Managers Dontaná McPherson-Joseph and Betsy Bird as they explore key concepts essential to cultivating and promoting inclusive and equitable collections. You'll find out more about conducting a diversity audit of your collections, and learn how to include diverse books with wider perspectives that allow you to be more responsive to the community you serve and more reflective of the diversity of our world.

Learning Objectives:
  • To have a thorough understanding of the different types of equity audits and which methods suit your collection best.
  • To understand how equity begins with purchasing and does not stop after the audit stops.
  • To consider weeding, displays, and community outreach and how each one of those factors affects the representation found in your collection. 

Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library and the former Youth Materials Specialist of Evanston Public Library. Betsy reviews for Kirkus and hosts the blog A Fuse #8 Production for School Library Journal. 

Dontaná McPherson-Joseph (she/her) is a collection management librarian at Oak Park (IL) Public Library. She has presented for Library Journal on inclusive collection development and auditing, and is an advocate for reading widely and diversely.

Online via Zoom
Contact Person
Who should attend:  Anyone wanting to learn about Conducting a Diversity Audit of Your Collections and Ordering
Competencies: Collection Management, and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Non-Member Cost:      $40
NEO-RLS Bronze Member Cost:  $24
NEO-RLS Silver Member Cost:   FREE
NEO-RLS Gold Member Cost:    FREE
NEO-RLS Individual Member Cost:  $20

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