BLC BIPOC Speaker Series: Diversity and Collection Development: Every selector's responsibility

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

As colleges and universities develop and/or refine their equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) plans, departments and other units across those institutions are asked to demonstrate support for these plans. The library's collections are a tangible way to show support for this work and highlight how we can make significant progress in this area now while other measures of EDI progress are slow at best.

This session will discuss how and why the development of collections for diversity can be approached and is the work of all with selection responsibilities in our libraries.

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After the webinar, Ms. Young will meet with the members of the BIPOC Caucus for an informal conversation. If you are a member of the Caucus, or identify as a BIPOC library student or worker in the New England Region, please register for that conversation here.


About the Presenter: 

Courtney L. Young is University Librarian at Colgate University. She graduated with a BA from The College of Wooster and earned a MS in Library Science from Simmons College (now University). Before coming to Colgate, she held library positions at Penn State University, Michigan State University, and The Ohio State University. Courtney has served in a variety of leadership roles in the American Library Association (ALA), including being elected the 2014-2015 ALA President. She is a recipient of the Simmons Alumni Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Library and Information Professional Endeavors. Courtney frequently presents and publishes on issues related to advocacy, academic librarianship, diversity, leadership, and professional development.  

This event is presented as part of the ongoing BIPOC Speaker Series. Learn more about the series at