Whose Voices Count? How Awareness of Harmful Stereotypes is Changing Collection Development

Collection development—encompassing both selection and deselection—gives librarians the responsibility to make sure our collections represent many points of view while still protecting patrons—especially young patrons—from hurtful racist, sexist and homophobic media. What if the book got great reviews? An award winner or a classic? Do we owe a special responsibility to young people to shield them from oppressive stereotypes? Whose voices should count, so-called children’s literature experts or members of oppressed populations who may point out harmful stereotypes portraying certain populations as “less than?” Join us for a discussion provoking thought and understanding.


Kathy Muhm, South Orange Public Library
Enola Romano, Montclair Public Library
Anna Coats, Livingston Public Library
Carol K. Phillips, St. Bartholomew School (East Brunswick)

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Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:50am


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