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 OLA EDI Antiracism Committee

Training Resources


Listen to OVERDUE: Weeding Out Oppression in Libraries

A podcast produced by OLA's EDI & Antiracism Committee



 Training Area:


Communication: specific to getting buy-in

  • How to get stakeholder EDI Antiracism buy-in

  • How to get municipality, county, HR EDI Antiracism buy-in

  • How to talk about EDI Antiracism



Recommended Training/Resource:


 Courageous Conversations

Recommended by Staff Training Round Table: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race by Caprice Hollins and Ilsa Govan 



Equity Audits: How to audit 


  • Library collections 

  • Collection development policies 

  • Patron service policies


 Evaluating, Auditing, and Diversifying Your Collections

Building Diverse Collections

Collection Analysis Tool (Picture Books)


Equity training


  • How to develop an equity lens and apply principles in a practical way




 Equity in Action: Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture

Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Toolkit 

Recommended resource: San Antonio Office of Equity: Equity Rapid Response Tool


De escalation

/Behavioral conduct


  • Scenario based training on how to handle issues of racism and bigotry among patrons and staff and how to remedy them



 Equity in Action: Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture

Hateful Conduct in Libraries: Supporting Library Workers and Patrons

“Because I See What You Do”: How Microaggressions Undermine the Hope for Authenticity at Work


Policy creation


  • How to create library anti-racist and equity policies with examples

  • Code of conduct/behavioral policy support that adapts anti-racist and EDI principles


 Equity in Action: Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture



Diversity Recruitment


  • How to recruit more BIPOC staff, specifically strategy and implementation

  • How to manage staff using an Antiracist and EDI focus



 Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium

Recruiting for Diversity – American Library Association


Specific library worker training

  • How to serve homeless patrons

  • How to implement EDI Antiracism best practices into library customer service

  • Implicit bias training for library workers


 A Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness

Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries (2012)

Cultural Competence for Librarians

Oregon Commission for the Blind - Diversity / Disability Awareness Training


Need for professional knowledge access

  • Access to scholarly works surrounding EDI Antiracism work in libraries

  • What does it mean to decolonize a library? Current examples and practices.


Some article examples: Starting with I: Combating Anti-Blackness in Libraries

The language of cataloguing: Deconstructing and decolonizing systems of organization in libraries

Librarians Working with Diverse Populations - IDEALS @ Illinois

Indigenous Allyship: An overview


Intellectual Freedom/Freedom of Speech: How to handle the freedom of speech issues while trying to be an EDI antiracist library

  • Collection challenges

  • Public meetings and events


 Hate Speech and Hate Crime – American Library Association


Cataloguer training

  • EDI Antiracism Cataloguer training, particularly word choice

  The language of cataloguing: Deconstructing and decolonizing systems of organization in libraries

To actively engage with EDI Antiracism topics and practices

Anti-Racism Daily

Truth B Told Podcast

Simmons University – Anti-oppression LibGuide

Affinity Groups and Libraries

  • Affinity groups are a powerful way to center librarians and support staff of color in your library system and provide a space for community care, networking, mentorship, recruitment, and retention. Learn how affinity groups bring together librarians, professors, educators, engineers, activists, and government workers to engage in healing-centered gatherings and community care

Affinity Groups and Libraries- 
A talk by Janet Damon


Continuing Education Services

Upgrade your skills and knowledge through Amigos Library Services Continuing Education Services. From reference and technical services to project management, cataloging, technology, and more, our courses, available face-to-face and online, help you discover and strengthen the tools you need to serve your community. And even better, we can tailor them to fit you and your group's unique needs.



Continuing Education Services

Tools for Diversifying Your Author Base

(Source: IBPA's DEI Resource Center)


  • The BIPOC Bookshelf. Platform for books written by BIPOC authors, database of BIPOC literary agents and editors.
  • The Brown Bookshelf. Designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers.
  • Children's Book Council Diversity Resources. Resources for connecting with diverse authors, illustrators, readers, reviewers, and other members of the children’s book community.
  • The FOLD. Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and storytellers, held in historic downtown Brampton.
  • It Gets Better. LGBTQIA video stories.
  • Kweli. Nurtures emerging writers of color, creates a community and programming based on artistic excellence and rigor.
  • Latinxs in Kid Lit. Explores the world of Latinx YA, MG, and children's literature.
  • Lambda Literary. Resources for LGBTQ writers.
  • Publishing in Color. Conferences connecting book and magazine publishing professionals with Christian writers of color.
  • The Word: A Storytelling Sanctuary. Spotlights authors from underrepresented communities and connects diverse communities with the publishing industry.
  • Writers of Color. Public Twitter list of writers of color.

Research & Thought Leadership on Diversity in Book Publishing

(Source: IBPA's DEI Resource Center)

  • Project Implicit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and international collaborative of researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition.

    The mission of Project Implicit is to educate the public about bias and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the internet. Project Implicit scientists produce high-impact research that forms the basis of our scientific knowledge about bias and disparities.

  • Test your unconscious/implicit bias HERE


Resources for BIPOC Library Staff

Coping Resources for Racial Trauma (compiled by Dr. Thema & Dr. Earl Turner)


·      The Inner Work of Racial Justice-Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness by Rhonda V. Magee, MA, JD

·      Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma by Dr. Parker www.drgailparker.com

·      Healing Racial Trauma by Sheila Wise Rowe: The Road to Resilience

·      Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

·      Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin and Robert Bonazzi

·      Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

·      Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

·      How to be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Meditation Exercises:

     Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma by Dr. Candice Nicole http://drcandicenicole.com/2016/07/black-lives-matter-meditation/

·      https://soulfulness4life.com/




The Breakdown with Dr. Earl: A Mental Health Podcast

  • The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema
  • Shaping the Shift by Thea Monyee, LMFT
  • Therapy for Black Girls by Dr. Joy Harden
  • Latinx Therapy


Liberate app: Liberate is the #1 meditation app for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community. Listen to dozens of guided meditations to ease anxiety, find gratitude, heal internalized racism and microaggressions and celebrate Blackness

·      The Safe Place: A Minority Mental Health app geared towards the Black community to bring awareness, education and hope 



WOC + LIB works to provide a digital platform for women of color (WOC) within librarianship.

co-founded by librarians Lorin Jackson and LaQuanda Onyemeh, is a website created to nurture and encourage open dialog about our experiences in the field. While colleagues have posted significant content about/connected to WOC in librarianship, a core, community digital resource that centers this viewpoint and its various intersectional implications did not previously exist, until now.
Maintained by EDI Antiracism Committee
Last updated: 1/29/2024