After the Collection Diversity Audit


A PLA 2022 Virtual Conference On-Demand Session

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Diversity audits have been a hot topic in the library community for a few years now and there’s an increasing amount of literature and guidance on how to conduct an audit. In this panel we will discuss what happens after the audit is complete. This presentation will explore how libraries can use their data to assess collection development practices, form initiatives, and inform trainings with the ultimate goal of creating meaningful, long lasting change.

Originally presented as part of the PLA 2022 Virtual Conference on March 24, 2022.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Develop concrete goals and plans for their collection diversity audit data;
  • Identify strategies for using audit data to create diverse, inclusive public library collections; and
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of conducting a collection diversity audit based on current processes and outcomes.


Celia Mulder (they/them) is the Head of Collection Management and System Administration at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Michigan. They received their MSI in Library and Information Services from the University of Michigan in 2018. After starting in reference, they quickly transitioned to technical services where they enjoy discussing classification with anyone who will engage. They serve as chair of the CMPL equity, diversity, and inclusion committee and led the library’s collection diversity audit, 2019-2021.

Anitra Gates is the Technical Services Manager and head of collection development for Erie County Public Library. She oversees all collection management activities including the acquisition of physical and digital materials, cataloging, processing, and collection development. She serves on the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and is a reviewer for Library Journal. Anitra graduated with a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Denison University and a M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Amberlee McGaughey has served the Erie County Public Library as a children’s librarian for nearly six years. She is responsible for children's programming, collection development, outreach, and reference services. She previously worked as the youth services librarian for Benson Memorial Library in Titusville, PA. Amberlee earned her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 and interned with the Carnegie Library of McKeesport during her studies.

Sarah Voels, Community Engagement Librarian with the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

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This on-demand webinar is closed captioned in English (United States).

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This webinar is presented by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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