At NEO-RLS we try very hard to provide programming we feel will be beneficial to library staff regardless of the type of library in which someone works. We believe hearing from peers in other types of libraries can be incredibly beneficial, generating new ideas by providing exposure to different perspectives. We also try hard to provide programming on topics that are relevant regardless of level or area of responsibility. But, we know that we also need to balance those programs with learning opportunities that are track oriented, position oriented or type of library oriented. Therefore, I am happy to let you know that we have two upcoming webinars focused on one of the core elements of what you are as libraries – your collections and how they are developed. Our first learning opportunity is for those working in our academic library community and our second is for those working with youth collections. On November 4th
, Courtney L. Young, University Librarian at Colgate University, will talk about Diversity and Inclusion as an Essential Ingredient of Collection Building.
She will talk about the role of an intentionally diverse collection on a college/university campus and the importance of assessing collections for diversity and inclusion. On November 9th
, Tiffeni Fontno, Head Librarian of the Educational Resource Center at Boston College, will talk about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Youth Literature.
She will discuss how cultural competency influences the selection of diverse materials and services and will help participants understand that building an inclusive collection, one that reflects all children, takes more than a diversity list. We hope you will join us in learning more about building inclusive collections that serve your communities. Enjoy your week! Together we are maximizing library potential.