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Wednesday, October 16 • 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Project READY: Open-Access Online Professional Development for Equity and Inclusion

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Project READY (Reimagining Access and Equity for Diverse Youth) is an IMLS-funded initiative that has resulted in an open-access, online, interactive racial equity curriculum written for school and public youth services librarians and library stakeholders (ready.web.unc.edu). The Project READY curriculum includes three sequential sections: Foundations (focusing on basic concepts and issues that are fundamental to understanding race and racism and their impact on library services), Transforming Practice (exploring how these foundational concepts relate to and can be applied in library environments, with AASL, ASLC, and YALSA competencies and standards as a foundation), and Continuing the Journey (exploring how librarians and other stakeholders can sustain racial equity work and grow personally and professionally in this area after completing the curriculum). In this presentation, Project READY staff will introduce participants to the curriculum and share strategies for getting started with this work individually or with committed colleagues.

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Sandra Hughes-Hassell

Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also President of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In her current research, she focuses on social justice issues... Read More →
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Kimberly Hirsh

Doctoral Student, Unversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I’m a doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My primary research interest is Connected Learning in Libraries. My dissertation work will focus on the information literacy practices of cosplayers. Talk... Read More →
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Casey Rawson

Teaching Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Casey Rawson are co-principal investigators for Project READY: Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth. This IMLS-funded project is focused on creating a free, online professional development curriculum for school and public librarians related to... Read More →

Wednesday October 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EDT
Winston 3B