Equity in Action: Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture
Live Interactive Sessions: Tuesdays: February 23, March 2, and March 9 from 2-4 PM ET. Plus, a self-guided learning path, and additional bonus content offered so you can follow along at your own pace.
Part 2: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 2-4 pm ET
Session 1 | 2:00-2:45
Cultivating Antiracist/Antibiased Workplaces and Hiring Practices
Creating an antiracist culture at your library must involve consideration of staff culture and hiring practices. In this session, you’ll learn how to develop and implement antiracist/antibiased recruitment and hiring practices (including antiracist interviewing and candidate selection), steps to take toward fostering inclusive workplaces, and how to conduct an organizational talent equity audit at your own library.
Kawanna Bright PHD, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University College of Education (NC)
Intermission | 2:45-3:00 pm ET
Session 2 | 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Equity Work Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
In this closing conversation, you’ll hear from two expert librarians how you can sustain equity, diversity, and inclusion work at your library and within your collections for the long haul. You’ll learn how to spot the problems and thoughtfully mobilize to enact solutions that prioritize libreratory, antiracist goals. You’ll come away with an understanding of how collection assessment and development fit into the larger picture of the library as an institution, and how you and your colleagues can ensure equity reaches both.
Ozy Aloziem, MSW, Community Connections Program Coordinator, Denver Central Library (CO)
Becker Parkhurst-Strout, Adult Collection Development Librarian, Denver Public Library (CO)