SLJ Leadership Basecamp & Diversity Workshop

Friday, May 3, 2019 | Registration opens at 8:30 AM | Program Ends 5:00 PM

If you are ready to take the next step professionally, this program is for you.

Through keynote speeches, small-group sessions, and practical, hands-on workshops, attendees learn from current industry professionals and subject matter experts on how to enhance their skills, innovate in their own institutions, and more effectively engage with their communities and partners.

Work with a faculty of innovative education leaders to explore a range of topics including:

  • information privilege and equity
  • community engagement and strategic partnerships
  • unlearning to learn
  • establishing a culture of reading
  • becoming a library leader
  • diversifying your collections
  • building an impactful library program, and much more

Keynote: Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Associate Professor Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division at University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education and author of the forthcoming The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games

Keynote: Joyce Kasman Valenza, author, blogger, and Assistant Professor at the Rutgers School of Communication. 

Information session leaders

Cicely Lewis, aka the “Read Woke” librarian and School Library Journal columnist
Tonya Angelique Garcia, director, Long Branch Public Library and NJLA President-elect
Hilda Weisburg, author of Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option
Jenna Wolf, director of Library + Technology Integration, The Cambridge School of Weston (MA)
Deb Kachel, professor, fierce library advocate, and author/co-author of “A Perfect Storm Impacts School Librarian Numbers,” and “Why School Librarians Matter.”

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | Registration opens at 10:00 AM | Program Ends 5:00 PM

The editors of School Library Journal present a one-day workshop on Cultural Literacy and Diversity for Librarians. This immersive, interactive day of learning will focus on the evaluation of books and media, collection development practices, readers’ advisory, and book marketing and promotion. Attendees will come away with an understanding of key concepts, such as white privilege, implicit bias, and intersectionality. Librarians will learn how to recognize offensive stereotypes, tropes, and microaggressions within media and how to assess for authenticity and appropriation. Participants will get an overview and tips on performing a diversity audit and learn how to craft selection policies and guidelines that set benchmarks for diversity and inclusion.

Instructors will include Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal reference and professional reading editor; Kiera Parrott, reviews director at Library Journal and School Library Journal, and Cassie Sheets, University of Montana Instructor and Children's Literature Consultant.

Primary audience: school librarians; public youth services librarians; educators

Key skills/competencies addressed:

Understanding of key diversity and cultural literacy concepts such as white privilege, implicit bias, stereotypes and tropes, microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and intersectionality.

Ability to recognize common problematic elements in text and art.

Ability to assess the diversity and inclusiveness of current collection development, RA, and promotional practices.

Tools, tips, and advice on how to better diversify collections and displays and how to advocate for inclusive books.

Special group pricing is available. Attend with a team from your school or school district for a unique team building experience. Contact us today to learn more.

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