Services for Black Youth • Getting Started in Your Library
Activity: Build Diversity in Your PLN


Lesson 8 provides suggestions for applying the theory and practice to your library, starting with critical reflection on your own racial identity development, supported by the books and resources listed with this workshop. Other steps include a community analysis, assessment of the library's current services to Black youth, incorporating student feedback, development of a plan for implementation of best practices, and perhaps most importantly—fostering "authentic, caring relationships with Black youth in your library."


Following the suggestion in Lesson 8, utilize the resources of Twitter as one path to connecting and engaging with others interested in literacy learning and the lives of African American youth. Examples of persons to follow (as suggested in the lesson) are Black Caucus of the American Library Association (@BC_ALA) and prominent scholars such as Beverly Tatum (@BDTSpelman).


Twitter account

MLA Citation Morris, Rebecca J. "Services for Black Youth: Build Diversity in Your PLN." School Library Connection, May 2017,

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