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This is the companion page to the 2014 Minnesota Library Association Conference panel:

Diversity! Books for a Better Today
Wednesday, October 8, 10:00-11:00am

Mankato City Center Hotel, Jackson Room
Administration and Leadership|Authors, Literature, and Cultural Programming|Children & Young Adults|Collection Management & Technical Services|Digital Information & Technologies|Public Services|Professional Development
This session will be a series of short booktalks on books that display and promote diversity in the community.  Books discussed will include fiction and nonfiction titles, spanning a variety of age groups and reading levels.  Each speaker will present five to ten books.  The book talks will cover the book’s plotline, major themes, intended audience, and libraries that may benefit from including it in their collection.  Themes include, but are not limited to: families, holidays, food, culture, gender, history, age, ability, and books by authors of color.  The primary purposes of this session are to expand awareness of the many facets of diversity available and to provide resources for libraries to create (and maintain) a collection that supports their community.  Attendees will leave the session with suggestions for collection development, in the form of specific titles and resources.  They will also gain new insights into the many ways that library holdings can incorporate diverse perspectives.

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