Diversity Goggles:Examining the Literacy Development of
Black & Latino Youth from Critical Multicultural Perspectives
YALSA Preconference – ALA Annual – San Francisco – June 26, 2015
Abstract: Although libraries can play an important role in helping to ensure that youth have the literacy skills they need to succeed in school and be ready for college or careers, research suggests that Black and Latino youth often feel disconnected from their school and public libraries. This half-day workshop examined how teen services professionals can better support the literacy development of youth of color through library programs and services. Participants used “diversity goggles” as a tool to examine librarian perspectives and practices towards Black and Latino youth, with the goal of improving their understanding of how to better meet the needs of these youth . The workshop featured a panel of YA authors whose work speaks to Black and Latino youth experiences. These authors not only discussed their work, but also engaged in the broader conversation concerning ways to better support Black and Latino youth through libraries. Participating authors included: Kekla Magoon, Christopher Myers, and Adam Silvera. This workshop was sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, with funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Blink provided refreshments for the break.