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Mary Havens: Creating an Inclusive Book Club

Reference Librarian/Associate Professor

Building Intentional Inclusion: an online Book Club experience

illustrations of books

Access the entire presentation from the 2024 Texas Library Association Conference below.

Inclusive Teaching Principles for Book Club

The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning outlines 5 principles for inclusive teaching. I have adapted those for creating an inclusive Book Club experience. 

  1. Foster belonging by having introductions, chosen name/pronouns, and avatars in Week 1.
  2. Set expectations by outlining Book Club including frequency, type of work, and examples. 
  3. Recognize diversity and acknowledge barriers to inclusion by choosing a variety of authors and providing the content.
  4. Design for accessibility by providing the most flexible mode of instruction. 
  5. Reflect on your own beliefs by asking students for suggestions and implementing them for the next semester.


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