Recent events have shown how a lack of knowledge and representation can create an unequal society. Join us for this webinar, where we'll be joined by Smriti Halls as she guides us through some of the books she's authored and some of her favourites. 

Then, Barbara Band will lead a training session exploring why now, more than ever, it is important for every child to be offered a diverse and inclusive collection where pupils are able to recognise themselves and others in fiction, explore their feelings within stories, and find inspiration and information for their needs. This webinar is aimed at primary and secondary library staff and teachers. 


This webinar will consider:

- What is meant by a diverse collection.
- Why it is important to have a diverse collection.
- Recommendations of relevant resources - fiction and information books.
- Booklists, publishers and organisations that can provide further suggestions.  

This webinar will be available to signed up delegates after the event.  


Due to the generousity of Lexplore we are able to offer this webinar for free to SLA members. Given the importance of this topic it will be offered at a significant discount for non-members. Please sign in for members' pricing.

Speaker Info

Speaker Name

Barbara Band

Speaker Details
Barbara, a qualified Chartered Librarian, is a school library, reading and literacy consultant. She has over thirty years’ experience delivering customer-focused services in educational environments, supported with project management and promotional skills gained in business and non-profit organisations. A skilled communicator, Barbara delivers training, workshops and presentations to librarians and teaching staff. She publishes regularly on library and literacy-related topics, and has written several publications for the SLA. Passionate about the value and benefits that all libraries can bring to their community, Barbara is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Chair of the School Library Association Central & East Berkshire branch and features editor of The School Librarian.