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An Infopeople Online Learning Course

November 24th, 2020 12:00 PM
December 21st, 2020 4:30 PM
Fee per learner $200.00

Allyson CanLaurel Johnson DooleyCourse Instructors: Laurel Johnson Dooley and Allyson Coan 

Are you interested in developing staff learning opportunities related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, but intimidated by the weight of these topics? Is your organization in need of staff training aimed at establishing a workplace culture that is affirming, representative, and inclusive?

In this four-week course, learners will practice the skills to plan and facilitate an EDI-focused training for staff in their organization. They will be exposed to relevant resources, connect with library staff doing similar work, and be given the tools to get EDI training off the ground in their library. Additionally, they will examine their own organization’s learning priorities, and, with the support of the instructors, develop a blueprint for a staff training opportunity that can be implement upon completing the course.

At the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Articulate the value of implementing EDI training to all staff
  • Look at the landscape for potential learning opportunities and determine a starting point for EDI training journey at their institution
  • Select appropriate resources to support staff learning on topics of EDI
  • Design and execute an EDI training at their library
  • Practice strategies for giving and receiving feedback

*Please note: this course was previously taught in September 2019 and has now been expanded to a 4-week format.

Course Description: This four-week course will include two interactive live online sessions:

  • Tuesday, December 1, 10 AM Pacific/11 AM Mountain/Noon Central/1 PM Eastern
  • Tuesday, December 8, 10 AM Pacific/11 AM Mountain/Noon Central/1 PM Eastern

Please make every effort to ensure that you are able to attend these two meetings before enrolling in the course. If this is not possible, archived recordings will be made available.

In addition to the scheduled sessions: you will also learn about EDI training by reading, listening to, and watching curated course content. You will share your own experiences with your fellow learners via online discussion forums and application activities. Throughout the course you will also have the opportunity to communicate with the instructors one-on-one, as well as take part in office hours for additional discussion, reflection and feedback.

Course Outline: When you log in to the Infopeople online learning site, you will see weekly modules with these topics:

  • Week 1: Why EDI, and why now?
    • Articulating the value of implementing EDI training to all staff
    • The context of this moment; urgency
  • Week 2: Where to begin?
    • Look at landscape for potential learning opportunities
    • Determining a starting point for EDI training journey.
  • Week 3: Developing Your Training
    • Selecting appropriate resources to support staff learning on topics of EDI
    • Facilitation techniques
  • Week 4: Putting it All Together
    • Giving and receiving feedback
    • Strategies for evaluation

Time Required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 1/2 hours per week, for a total of ten course hours. Each week's module contains various options for assignments, discussions, or online meetings. You can choose the options most relevant to your work and interests. Although you can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night, it is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.

Who Should Take This Course: People who are ready to begin equity, diversity, and inclusion related education and training in their organization.

Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at:

Are you a member of ARSL? If so, you may be able to sign up for a free seat in this course. Limit is four free seats per course. Make your request here and if a free seat is available you will be notified.