Using Collection Development and Readers Advisory
to Introduce Race Relations
Date: Wednesday September 23, 2020
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Libraries are integral parts of helping community members shape their perspectives. As such, it is imperative that our methods for collection development and reader's advisory acknowledges the diversity of our society, thereby continuing to create empathy in our communities. During this discussion, we will talk about strategies and techniques that will be useful in developing collections without bias and personal prejudice.
Robin Bradford is a Collection Development librarian for the Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, WA. She was recognized as RWA’s 2016 Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year. To build reader-focused, popular collections in public libraries, she has worked with authors to help get their titles into these collections, worked with librarians to push for equal treatment of genre fiction, and worked with readers so that they can find their favorite authors on their library's shelves.
Becky Spratford [MLIS] is a Readers' Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist and a horror review column for Library Journal. Becky is a 20 year locally elected Library Trustee [still serving] and a Board member for the Reaching Across Illinois Library System. Known for her work with horror readers, Becky is the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition [ALA Editions, 2012] and is currently hard at work on the 3rd Edition. She is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and currently serves as the Association’s Secretary and organizer of their annual Librarians’ Day. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.
Mrs. Burns-Simpson is currently the Manager, School Support and Outreach at the New York Public Library (NYPL) where she has held several positions. She is currently the President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and is proud to hold the position during the organization's 50th anniversary. She is the former Chair of ALA’s Committee on Diversity, member of the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) & the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Train the Trainer project. Past President of the Reference Adult Services Section of the New York Library Association (NYLA) 2012-2013 and New York Black Librarians Caucus 2013-2015. Mrs. Burns-Simpson holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Long Island University and a Masters of Information & Library Science from Queens College.
Cost & Registration:
There is no cost to attend any or all sessions in the Combating Racism webinar series. The Public Library Section of NYLA has elected to sponsor this series, making it accessible to all. Beginning on August 18, 2020 registration will be open through the NYLA Online Membership Center.