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Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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This session will introduce participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will develop a deeper understanding about the meaning of diversity in children’s books.
  • Participants will learn useful strategies for incorporating diversity into library programs on a consistent basis.
  • Participants will understand the role of librarians in selecting authentic, multicultural books that reflect a myriad of cultures and experiences.

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Andrea Jamison

Andrea Jamison is a librarian and lecturer at Valparaiso University.  She received a Masters of Art in Teaching from Concordia University and a Master of Library Science degree from Dominican University School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, Illinois. Her major included a focus on school libraries and youth services. She is currently completing doctoral work in Information Studies at Dominican University. Her current research involves examining the marginalization of African Americans in children’s literature.

Andrea Jamison has over 17 years of experience working in schools and libraries. She speaks internationally on issues related to creating inclusive learning spaces for youth and the interplay of race, power, and privilege in children’s books. She was recently selected as a reading ambassador for diverse children’s books by Lee and Low Publishing. She is a current board member for ALA’s Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable’s and chair for the David Cohen/Multicultural Awards. She also works extensively with ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom as a contributing blogger and member of their prison rights and collection development working groups.



Attendance during the live webinar is complimentary and open to all.

Complimentary access to the webinar archive is reserved for AASL members and subscribers of AASL eCOLLAB. Non-members and non-subscribers may purchase the webinar archive via AASL eCOLLAB. The archive is typically available within 1–3 business days of the live event.

How to Register

Register via Zoom. To join the webinar, use the personalized access link included in your registration confirmation or webinar reminders. (Review ALA’s personal data notification (PDN) before proceeding.)

As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow-up correspondence from AASL specifically related to this webinar (including, but not limited to, instructions for accessing both the live webinar and its archived recording) as well as information about other upcoming AASL eLearning.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


A certificate of participation will be provided to attendees of the live webinar by request. To request a certificate of participation after the webinar, please email Jennifer Habley. Certificates will be sent as PDFs via email within one week of the webinar.


January 30
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm