A Practical Approach to Growing a Diverse School Library Collection and Program

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central

This webinar will empower participants add diverse titles to their collection through awards, lists, websites and social media. Additionally, participants will explore programming ideas and instructional activities for engaging diverse students and parents and ways of incorporating instructional technology. Participants will begin by reviewing a definition of diversity and the American Library Association’s Bill of rights. They will then delve into using keyword searches as a method of analyzing their collection for diversity. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their circulation and fines policies, hours of operation as a means of promoting diversity. They will be encouraged to consider how the Dewey Decimal System and Library of Congress Subject Headings may or may not support diverse collections. Various web based applications such as Biblionasium, Bookopolis and Goodreads, to name a few, will be presented.


Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will analyze their collection to determine if diversity is present.
  • Participants will scrutinize their school library program policies to determine if they support diversity.

  • Participants will locate publishers, lists and specific titles to add to their collections.


Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Michelle Easley

Michelle Easley has served as a teacher and as a media specialist at all levels, elementary, middle and high school. Michelle coordinated media programs for schools on all military bases - Air Force, Army, Marines, Coast Guard and Navy, in the United States, Cuba and Puerto Rico for the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools operated by the Department of Defense Education Activity. She served in a leadership capacity for Fulton County Schools Media Services. In her present role, she is responsible for Fulton County Schools digital content. She is currently the president of the Georgia Library Media Association. She served as a member of the Southeast Regional Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and a member of the Georgia Department of Education’s Education of the Whole Child Committee (ESSA implementation).

Michelle has presented at the American Association of School Librarians Conference, Georgia Educators Technology Conference and the Georgia Library Media Association’s Summer Institute, Redefining Learning Conference. She is published in Teacher Librarian and Knowledge Quest. She is the author of How to Increase Diversity in School Library Collections and Programs. Michelle is a national presenter.

She received both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida A&M University, a Master of Arts and Teaching degree from Emory University, and the Specialist in Education degree from Georgia State University.



Attendance during the live webinar is free and open to all. A seat in the webinar is reserved for the first 100 logins.

Access to the webinar archive is available to AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers.

How to Register

Register via AdobeConnect. At the time of the webinar, log in via the event login page.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


A certificate of participation will be provided to attendees of the live webinar by request. To request a certificate of participation after the webinar, please email Jennifer Habley. email icon Certificates will be sent as PDFs via email within one week of the webinar.


Jennifer Habley email icon
AASL Manager, Web Communications