Annotation: Research shows that youth services library staff in both public and school libraries recognize the need for professional and personal knowledge related to race and racism and anti-racist work (Hughes-Hassell & Stivers, 2015); however, there are currently few comprehensive resources that specifically address the needs of library professionals. The Project READY curriculum addresses this gap in existing professional development opportunities for youth services library staff.
Learning Objectives: • Introduce youth services library staff to research in areas such as race and racism, critical theory, and culturally responsive or sustaining pedagogy.
• Establish a shared understanding of foundational concepts and issues related to race, racism, and racial equity.
• Encourage self-reflection related to race and racial identity for both white and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) library staff in public and school libraries.
• Amplify the work of practitioners and scholars who are providing inclusive and culturally responsive services for youth of color and Indigenous youth.
• Provide concrete strategies for creating and/or improving library programs and services for Black youth, Indigenous youth, and children and teens of color.