Building Blocks for a Diverse Library Collection


Today’s teens make up the most diverse generation in our history—are you ready for them?  With challenges including parent complaints, contending with user demand, and maintaining a nuanced and diverse collection, we know that collection building can be a complicated and even daunting feat for any young adult librarian. But what does it mean to have a "diverse" collection, and what role does the community play in young adult collection building? Join YALSA for a discussion on how to build a diverse young adult collection. Presenter Chelsea Condren will provide a working definition of the term diversity, strategies for understanding user demand and interest, and ways to ensure a collection is diverse while still meeting the needs of the population. Participants will receive a handout that outlines strategies for collection building/management, selection and weeding of diverse titles, as well as a list of recommended materials.


  • Working definition of the term diversity
  • Strategies for understanding user demand and interest
  • Handout that outlines strategies for collection building/management, selection and weeding of diverse titles

Who Should Attend

  • Public librarians
  • School librarians
  • Any individual who has responsibility for building or working with library collections


Chelsea Condren



YALSA members: Free through YALSA e-Learning Library (YeLL)

Non-Members: $19 for individual webinar purchase

                         $49 for a set of any three on-demand webinars

                         $99 for a group registration (ten logins) for this one webinar

How to Register

Registration is available using our registration form

Check, money order, purchase order or credit card must accompany registration to reserve space in this course.

Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only

Tech Requirements

System Requirements

  • Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2; Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise; or Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (32-bit edition, or 64-bit edition with 32-bit browser)
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7; 2GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista®
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x or 3.x (first choice); Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8; or Google Chrome (last choice, as it occasionally interferes with speaker microphones)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or later


  • 500MHz PowerPC® G3 or faster or 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.4–10.6 (Intel); Mac OS X v10.4 (PowerPC)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x or 3x; Safari 2.x; or Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1


  • Apple devices: iOS 3 or 4, created for Apple iPhone; compatible with Apple iPad and iPod Touch (3G or 4G connection recommended)
  • Android™ devices: Android 2.2; Adobe AIR® for Android; compatible with HTC Nexus One and Motorola Droid (3G or 4G connection recommended)


Adobe Connect runs off a Flash platform.  Meeting participants need to set their computer settings to allow plug-ins.


Audio for Connect meetings is provided using VOIP. Meeting participants need to have a computer headset with microphone.  Microphones and speakers that are built into computers are usable, but if they are used then other webinar participants in Connect will actually be able to hear people speaking through the computer's speakers as well as through the microphone of the person speaking, which creates an echo or makes the sound quality fuzzy. Here are some better options to explore:

  • YALSA staff use this for webinars:
  • If you have a head set you use with your phone, this may work, but you’ll want to test it out prior to any official webinar to be sure.

Test Your Connection

Conduct a test to ensure your computer is set up with the appropriate tools to participate in YALSA’s webinar. To do this, click on the Test Meeting Connection URL located here:

If you have never participated in a webinar before, you can watch an overview of a webinar.


Please contact Nicole Gibby Munguia, Program Officer for Continuing Education at or 312.280.5293 with any questions.