Practice Inclusivity

Actively Anti-Racist Service to Readers (103-FY24)

*️⃣ This course is for anyone who works with readers in any capacity. Providing robust readers’ advisory service is essential to anyone working with readers. This course will take the average learner about 4 hours total to complete.

*️⃣ In this course, you'll hear experts talk about the action steps libraries have taken to provide actively anti-racist reader services. You'll also come away with tangible skills to build enthusiasm for reading and discovering titles that make up a well-rounded, well-represented collection. Learn how others have created actionable plans to incorporate inclusive values into readers’ advisory practices. And you'll have a chance to participate in a thoughtful discussion with our expert instructors.

*️⃣ Here are the core skills you will learn in this course: - What it means to be anti-racist.
- How to incorporate the concept of Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors in collection development.
- Ability to discover, purchase, and promote diverse titles and decolonize your collection development.
- Ten action steps your organization can take to become actively anti-racist in service to readers.
- How to address bigotry directly in your work and interactions with community members.

Group rates are available:
20% off for 3-25 seats
30% off for 26-49 seats
40% off for 50-99 seats
Ask us if you need more than 100 seats.

This course is also available as part of our subscription offerings for libraries and consortia. For group rates or subscription package options, please contact us at

*️⃣ Course format: This course consists of three lessons: two self-paced lessons and a third live session. You must complete all three lessons to get your certificate of completion. You have 24/7 access to the first two lessons in this course, and they can be completed at your own pace. These two lessons consist of multiple smaller units featuring videos with closed captions, activities, assignments, and short, automatically graded quizzes. Finish lessons one and two at your own pace, and then attend a live, interactive session with your course instructors to receive your course completion certificate.

*️⃣ Course instructors:

Robin Bradford is a collection development librarian in Washington State. During her 30 years of library life, she has been recognized for service to readers, genre readers especially, from institutions like Library Journal to RWA’s Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year in 2016. Robin is a book addict and has a long-time dedication to helping others discover a love of reading. She has earned a BA and MA in English, an MS in Library Science, and a Juris Doctor, but has found a home in building reader-focused, popular collections in public libraries. She has worked with authors to help get their titles into these collections, with librarians to push for equal treatment of genre fiction, and with readers to find their favorite authors on their library's shelves.

Becky Spratford [MLIS] is a Readers' Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All and is the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Third Edition [ALA Editions, 2021]. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

*️⃣ Last updated: October 2023

*️⃣ This course is designed for professionals in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Course Instructor: Robin Bradford & Becky Spratford Estimated completion...: 4 hours

  • Welcome to the course!
  • Lesson One
  • Lesson One: Anti-Racist Collection Development
  • Lesson Two
  • Lesson Two: Anti-Racist Service to Readers
  • Lesson Three - Attend a Live Class
  • Live Session with Robin & Becky on Wednesday, July 31st, 2024, at 4 pm ET
  • Live Session with Robin & Becky on Tuesday, September 24th, 2024, at 1 pm ET
  • Complete the survey
  • Course Feedback Survey
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Lesson One: Anti-Racist Collection Development, Lesson Two: Anti-Racist Service to Readers"
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever