Collection Diversity Audits: 10 Steps to Success

To ensure that your library’s collection represents the entire community, it is essential to periodically evaluate the representation included in your materials, assess gaps, and create new processes to meet your community’s needs. Implementing a diversity audit is critical to understanding the current state of your collection and will lead the way as you develop plans to expand, improve, and adapt your collection.

In this webinar, learn how to create and conduct a diversity audit, evaluate materials for inclusivity, and develop strategies for library users to find diverse materials in the collection. You’ll leave this webinar with concrete, step-by-step instructions on conducting a diversity audit and using your findings to improve your collection.

After participating in this event, participants will:

  • Be able to implement a comprehensive diversity audit of their collection.
  • Have a strong understanding of how to evaluate materials for inclusivity.
  • Be able to develop strategies for library users to find diverse materials in their collections.

Shoshana Frank is the Assistant Director for Administration, Events, & Library at the Chabad Jewish Center of Naperville. When she is not reviewing for Booklist, Shoshana is busy creating a wide array of community discussions and programs. Shoshana was a founding member and leader of the Naperville Public Library, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. Shoshana is an ALA Emerging Leader 2022 and the Director of Advocacy for NCJW Chicago North Shore. Outside of work, Shoshana is a world traveler who plans to visit all 7 continents.

Nicole Lawton is a Children’s Services Librarian at the Naperville Public Library. Nicole is responsible for programming for children of all ages, assisting local educators with obtaining library materials for their classrooms, organizing outreach events at local schools and childcare centers, and serving as a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. Nicole is passionate about diversity in Children’s Literature and shares her passion for this topic by facilitating workshops for pre-service teachers at North Central College.

This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility, contact us at ce@ala.org or at 312-280-5100.