Sarah Voels is a materials librarian with the Cedar Rapids Public Library (Cedar Rapids, IA) and is responsible for the youth and young adult collections.
Creating a Diverse, Patron-Driven Collection (PLA On-Demand Webinar)—INDIVIDUAL USER
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A PLA 2020 Virtual Conference On-Demand Session
In an effort to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse community, the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library conducted its first diversity audit. Library staff took a serious look at the diverse needs of the community and created an audit catered to those needs. This session discusses the process and results of an audit of the young adult materials, lessons learned, exciting trends, and great additions to your collection.
Originally presented as part of the PLA 2020 Virtual Conference on February 28, 2020.
This session aligns with the pathway for Community Advocates in PLA's Theory of Change for Professional Development. To learn more, please visit ala.org/pla/education/theoryofchange.
Running time: 1 hour, 1 minute
At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:
- Conduct a manual assessment of your collection for diversity;
- Measure the overall diversity including specific criteria (e.g. race, religion, sexuality) set by library staff; and
- Develop a plan for ongoing growth and improvement to ensure an inclusive collection.
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