Perspectives on a Diverse School Library
Southern Westchester BOCES
School Library System
April 15, 2016
Keynote – It Does Matter! Creating Libraries that Meet the Needs of Diverse Youth
Abstract: In this keynote address, I explore the institutional inequities, including those in schools which many diverse youth in the United States face. I then identify immediate action steps that we can take to improve the quality of education and life outcomes for these youth. My goal is to 1) spur dialogue and reflection about how libraries must change to better meet the needs of America’s diverse youth, and 2) motivate us to examine our beliefs, attitudes, and commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.
Concurrent Session – Enabling Texts: Tools for Supporting the Literacy Development of Youth of Color
Abstract: Research on enabling texts showcases the power, and importance, of story to connect with youth of color, including African American, Black, Latino, and Asian American youth. Enabling texts reflect an awareness of the real world, demonstrate resiliency, focus on the collective struggle of communities of color, and nurture multiple identities. They can encourage and empower youth to take action in their own lives and in the lives of others, and can include both fiction and informational texts. In this session, participants will learn how to define, identify, and use enabling texts with youth of color in school libraries.