Collection Development

Below is a preliminary sample of concurrent sessions. A full listing will be available on the site in July.

Concurrent Sessions

Bigger is Not Always Better

Presenter(s): Laura Mann

Is your library's average age older than you? Are your shelves too crowded to add new materials?

Is your library's average age older than you? Are your shelves too crowded to add new materials? Are afraid to remove materials because you cannot afford to replace them? Join Laura Mann as she discusses techniques used in her five libraries to determine when weeding needs to happen, what to do with discarded materials, and how to get it all done with faculty, staff, and administration on your side.

Making LGBTQ+ Students Proud of Their Library

Presenter(s): Stacy Gilbert and Rachel Grover

Almost 2 million teenagers, or about 10%, identify as LGBTQ+. How might your library enhance its support for these students and their needs?

Almost 2 million teenagers, or about 10%, identify as LGBTQ+. How might your library enhance its support for these students and their needs? Learn more about strategies to better include and welcome LGBTQ+ students in your library and common mistakes to avoid. This session will also incorporate crowdsourced suggestions. Come prepared to share ideas, questions, or experiences from your own practice. Let’s help your library have more pride!

The Power of Manga + Anime in Our Libraries

Presenter(s): Julie Stivers

Manga or Japanese comics have worldwide appeal. Nowhere is this more evident than with learners of today!

Manga or Japanese comics have worldwide appeal. Nowhere is this more evident than with learners of today! However, there is sometimes reluctance or uncertainty in school libraries to fully embrace the manga format, which is ultimately damaging to our learners and their interests in literacy. In this session, we’ll dive into various aspects of manga and anime—from basic definitions and genres to collection development and readers’ advisory to working with learners to start your own manga/anime club. Manga for different grade levels will be addressed. Learner voice will be included throughout—Anime Club members will be co-creating the presentation content! We’ll center why a strong and vibrant manga collection is essential to Shared Foundation Include and a pro-BIPOC, pro-Queer, disability-positive, mental health sensitive library.