Diversity Audit Power is a poster in the 2020 PNLA Virtual Poster Session. We encourage you to engage in discussion by leaving a comment on the page. The author of the poster will respond to comments the week of August 4-7, 2020.
Presenter: Kathleen Story, Eastlake High School (WA) & Brian Hanser, Follett School Solutions
Track: Public & School Libraries
Abstract: Learn about the power of doing a diversity audit for your school library collection. How can data inform our practice as agents of change in the world of education and information access? We can make our collections accurately reflect the people in our communities and across the globe. We have no control over the actions of others on a large scale, but we can control what we offer to our patrons and students in our libraries. Instead of perpetuating negative stereotypes and harmful tropes our collections can be beacons of own voices stories and authors. Students and patrons deserve to feel included and safe when they browse and search our collections no matter who they are or where they come from. This session can provide some guidance and tools for any librarians looking to start this journey of transforming your collection with the lense of equity. We have the power!
About the Presenters:
Kathleen Story has been a high school librarian for twelve years in the Pacific Northwest.
Brian Hanser (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sales consultant for Follett and has worked with Kathleen and other librarians in Washington State school districts to improve their collections, especially for equity and diversity.
Chat with the Presenters:
Kathleen and Brian will be available to chat in real time via comments, Friday, August 7, 8:00am-3:00pm (Pacific time). Can’t make it during these times? Don’t worry! Leave a comment and they will get back to you.