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Actively Anti-Racist Library Service to Leisure Readers, Reader’s Advisory Training
March 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Actively Anti-Racist Library Service to Leisure Readers: Foundations
Increasing the collection and circulation of titles written by underrepresented authors is
not a trend, rather, providing robust readers’ advisory service that values equity,
diversity and inclusion principles is essential to all library service. But moving from being
a neutral, well-meaning library where systemic racism is acknowledged to an actively
anti-racist organization involves work, some of which is uncomfortable at first. In this
program you will begin that work, learning tangible skills to help build enthusiasm for
reading and discovering “diverse” books, to deepen RA service through thoughtful
inclusion of EDI principles in all interactions with leisure readers, and to be a steward of
the anti-racist mindset for your organization. We will move your team from merely
discussing “why” putting EDI concerns at the forefront of all of your work with leisure
readers is important to the “how,” including an honest look at action steps for all staff.
While it may seem uncomfortable at first, we will help you shift your focus allowing your
entire organization to craft an actionable plan to incorporate EDI values into your normal
RA practices. All you need is a little nudge in the right direction and a commitment to
begin the march forward.
This session will be presented: Friday, March 11, 2022 10-12