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Thursday, October 17 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Foster an Inclusive, Welcoming Library, (Even if Your Staff is Homogeneous), With a Diversity Committee

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Although the library profession's interest in topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion continue to rise, many individual libraries aren't sure how to make effective practical changes -- especially in libraries where staff are mostly homogeneous. Even libraries with staff of diverse identities may lean too heavily on those few individuals to represent all diverse people, who may feel burnt out or unduly burdened rather than supported. Creating a diversity committee for your library or library system takes the burden off of the few and makes this task a challenging yet manageable opportunity for true organizational transformation. A facilitator will ask a series of guided question to representatives from three functioning diversity committees from North Carolina libraries.

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Pamela McCarter

Equity Initiative Leader, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Pamela McCarter has been a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library employee since July 1996. She has broad experience working with children, teen, and adult programming, outreach services, partnership building, as well as, training & development spanning over twenty years. Pamela currently... Read More →
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Joel White

Children's Services Manager, Durham County Library
Cultural Diversity, Summer Reading Videos, Library Design for functionality

Esmirna Esparza

Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Forsyth County Public Libraries
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Lindsey Dunn

Readers' Advisory Librarian, Ebsco NoveList

Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
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