The editors of School Library Journal present a one-day workshop on Cultural Literacy and Diversity Training for Librarians. This immersive, interactive day of learning will focus on 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 learn how to perform a diversity audit on existing collections and how to craft selection policies and guidelines that set benchmarks for diversity and inclusion. Instructors will include Mahnaz Dar, SLJ assistant managing editor; Shelley Diaz, SLJ reviews manager; and Kiera Parrott, reviews director at Library Journal and School Library Journal.
Primary audience: school librarians; public youth services librarians; educators
Key skills/competencies that will be 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.



Penguin Random House

1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10106


Online Diversity Course – February 20 and March 14 (Live and On-Demand)
Can’t attend on March 9? Consider taking our online course: Diversity and Cultural Competency Training: Collections & RA. Live Sessions on February 28 and March 14 from 2:00–4:00 PM ET. Bridged with Homework, Online Workshops and Discussions.
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