Learn how to craft and revise inclusive policies

Live Webinar: Sat., Jan. 21, 2023, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern

Crafting and revising library policies with an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens is essential for public libraries. Learn how the library board and the director can work together to ensure that the library’s policies are inclusive to those who identify as BIPOC, disabled, and/or LGBTQ+, etc. Find out how to identify problematic issues in current policies, and how to ensure your policies follow legal guidelines. Attendees will also learn tips on demonstrating the importance of inclusive policies to board members and library staff. A Q&A will be included in the presentation.


Tara Michener is a two-time TEDx Speaker and an award-winning author of six children's books that range from early reader to young adult. Tara has a B.A. in journalism & public relations, an M.A. in counseling with a specialization in child and adolescent therapy, and intensive expertise in relational aggression and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Tara has created content for organizations such as the Library of Michigan, the Public Library Association Conference, the Michigan Library Association Conference, and more. Tara is the principal of a mental health private practice and psycho-educational center, Michener Associates Counseling Center. Tara has contributed for Essence Magazine, Prevention Magazine, WDET Detroit Today, and more. She is a past president of a library board and was a library Trustee for more than eight years. Tara is the Equity and Inclusion Chair of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)-Michigan, and a SCBWI Impact Legacy Foundation Committee Member committed to literacy and access.

Clare Membiela is the Library Law Consultant for the Library of Michigan. She helps public libraries understand and manage legal issues that impact library services. Before joining the Library of Michigan in 2016, she was the associate director for library and instructional support for the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Libraries. Before moving to Michigan, she worked at the University of Miami Law Library as the head of reference services. Prior to her academic library work, she worked for two major law firms as a librarian in their Miami offices. She has an MLS. from Southern Connecticut State University, a JD from the University of Miami, and 30 years of law library experience. She is excited about helping public libraries by connecting them to the legal information they need.

Registration includes the live webinar and on-demand access to the recording, slides, and handouts. The on-demand recording, slides, and handouts will be available beginning January 24, 2023.

Statewide All-Access Partners register free.

All others register here.

Target Audience

  • Library Trustees / Library Board Members

  • Library Directors

  • Library Staff who work with Trustees / Board Members

  • State Library Staff

  • Students

Pricing & Registration

Please take a moment to carefully review the pricing and registration options. If you have any questions, please contact United for Libraries *before* you purchase. Pricing is per person.

United for Libraries Statewide All-Access Partners: FREE

  • Already registered for your state access course? Click on your state abbreviation to register for this webinar: MDMAMIMSMTNDNENHORSCSDTXVA
  • Free registration in Mississippi includes the library director and board members at each of the 53 library systems.
  • Free registration in all other states above includes all library directors/staff, all Trustees/board members, all Friends groups, and all Foundations.
  • Need to register for your state access course? Click here to complete the registration form.

Non-Members: $79.00

ALA Personal Member: $71.10

United for Libraries Personal Member: $51.35

United for Libraries Group Member: $51.35