PLS Combating Racism: Creating Spaces to Educate and Inform Our Communities


August 18, 2020 through October 20, 2020
Guilderland, NY


The Public Libraries Section (PLS) of NYLA is dedicated to supporting public libraries and public library staff of New York State. Ethnic Services Round Table (ESRT) has provided a forum for libraries and library staff to share information on ethnic services. United we value diversity, equity, inclusion and stand against racism, hatred, and violence. To take action, we have collaborated to curate the webinar series, “Combating Racism in Libraries: Creating Spaces to Educate and Inform Our Communities.” It will be a thought provoking hour. The goal of the series is for libraries and library staff to learn, share, and discuss the historical and present day barrieres that communities are facing regarding racism against the Black community. We hope you’ll join us to learn how we can combat racism together and create spaces for our communities to listen, learn, and grow.

Conference Registration

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PLS Combating Racism Webinar Series Select if you wish to attend one or two in the Combating Racism series.


Event Name Date Time Description
Using Collection Development and Readers Advisory to Introduce Race Relations Sep 23, 2020 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM EST
Libraries are integral parts of helping community members shape theirperspectives. As such, it is imperative that our methods for collection development andreader's advisory acknowledges the diversity of our society, thereby continuing to createempathy in our communities. During this discussion, we will talk about strategies andtechniques that will be useful in developing collections without bias and personal prejudice.
Inclusive Programming - Every Race, Every Month Sep 30, 2020 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM EST
We can all acknowledge and recognize the critical need for access to library andinformation resources, services, and technologies by all people, especially those in the BIPOCcommunity. Underrepresented patrons may experience issues which limit their full, beneficialuse of the library. Some of these issues may stem from a lack of full representation inimportant aspects of library programming. Our panelists will discuss how better to includeDEI in library programming.
I Write about Race - A panel discussion Oct 7, 2020 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM EST
In our daily lives, we are often confronted with matters concerning race, but arenot always given the language to articulate these concepts. Presenters of this paneldiscussion will talk about the need to write, publish, and supply books that honestlydiscuss race and racism. How can books be used to facilitate difficult dialogue?
EDI in Human Resources & Microaggressions in the Workplace Oct 14, 2020 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM EST
In the workplace, implicit bias and microaggressions can inform ourrelations with our co-workers. To create a more equitable workforce, we need to betterunderstand the implicit biases and barriers that are in place for many workers,including minorities and New Americans. As such, our panelists will discuss how allAmericans can benefit from enacting EDI education and support in our work spaces.They will talk about their experiences, and offer tools and solutions that will help increating a more inclusive and equitable workforce.
Teaching Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and American Culture in ESOL Cla Oct 21, 2020 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM EST
In ESOL classrooms and courses, American culture is often used as a backdrop to learn anew language. However, in today's current climate, it is impossible to teach about and use Americanculture in the ESOL classroom without addressing race. In ESOL classrooms, this dynamic becomesmore delicate, as we talk about race in relations to movements like Black Lives Matter, and also thediscrimination that immigrants face on a daily basis. Our panelists will discuss how matters of race areaddressed both in the classroom setting, and also at the professional development level for teachers.