Library Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Webinars on Diversity and Inclusion

Kelsey Bogan Resources on Diversity and Inclusion  @kelseybogan (twitter)


Other Kelsey Bogan resources

“Belonging” In The Library – Don’t Shush Me! (

Developing a Library That’s REALLY For Everyone – Don’t Shush Me! (

Diversity Audit: Final Presentation – Don’t Shush Me! (

More posts from Kelsey Bogan at Don’t Shush Me! – Adventures of a 21st century High School Librarian (

Other Resources

Diversity Auditing 101: How to Evaluate Your Collection | School Library Journal (

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: The How To (Part 2) | School Library Journal (

Doing a Diversity Audit: Resources and Sources (Part 3) | School Library Journal (

A Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit | School Library Journal (

Forum Newsletter – Massachusetts School Library Association ( the CSL Collection Diversity Toolkit – Canadian School Libraries

“analysing the diversity of a high school library collection” or

Getting Started (

RU 548 (

Possible Ideas for Library collection management policy

The Governing Bodies …   ‘s Policy affirms “the right for students of all social, cultural, community and family backgrounds, and of all identities, and all abilities to receive high quality education” The Inclusive Education Policy “[embraces], and [makes] visible, diversity as a strength and [supports] respectful relationships within the school community and between students”. ….is committed to creating an inclusive culture of engaging learning that improves wellbeing and achievement, values diversity and responds to student needs and interests, guided by the Student Learning and Wellbeing Framework, Inclusive Education Policy, Every Student Succeeding State Schools Strategy and the Disability Standards for Education, etc.

The … Library supports the implementation of …policies by ensuring students have access to a range of resources that value and are representative of the diverse nature of our school community. This includes resources that contain themes or representations relating to:

  • mental health issues,
  • LGBTIQ+ communities,
  • refugees and culturally/linguistically diverse communities,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,
  • people with disabilities,
  • the D/deaf and Hard of Hearing,
  • out-of-home care/foster care,
  • Gifted and Talented,
  • rural and remote communities and concerns.

Purchasing decisions are made to include resources for Disability, Deaf/Hard of Hearing; diverse cultural, ethnic and racial groups, LGBTQ+, First Nations – prioritising “own voices” and female perspectives. Specific keyword tags in the catalogue enable easy searching of these books. Displays promote these resources. A collection of bilingual resources or resources in languages offered in the school curriculum are provided.

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Posted by on April 27, 2022 in Uncategorized


Edge Collections and Citations

New features in Edge allow Collections to be made for research and automates citations:

Organize your ideas with Collections in Microsoft Edge

How to Update Microsoft Edge (

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Posted by on April 25, 2022 in Uncategorized


Book Talks for Reluctant Teen Readers

Fiction Promotion to Teen Girls

The main aim of these lessons is for students to use the catalogue to find books they are likely to enjoy reading not just wander shelves aimlessly!

We deliver other lessons on ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, manga, newspapers, biography and non-fiction, at other times of the year.

Suggested popular books

Bookmark examples. Own Voice coming soon. These print out perfectly in Word double sided, but format changes in google docs.

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Posted by on March 27, 2022 in Uncategorized


Potter Library Refurb 2

Renders episode 2. Episode 1

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Posted by on March 20, 2022 in Uncategorized


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Posted by on January 7, 2022 in Uncategorized


Potter Building Refurb…

Sneakpeak of renders. Building will have Makerspace, Cre8 Lab, 2 level Library, ICT Services, Master classrooms, Technology Classroom Hub, Sports, Senior Study Centre, Rooftop seminar/social venue plus much more. Renders thanks to @fultontrotter

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Posted by on December 29, 2021 in Uncategorized


2021 Library Annual Report

All of 2021, our school library was in a temporary location due to renovation, so a very good year considering…

Crunching the numbers:

More colourful stories of the year at: and

or the article for the School Annual Magazine …

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Posted by on December 27, 2021 in Uncategorized


Preparing for a Library Renovation is also Useful for a Pandemic


School leadership, as part of its Facilities Master plan, decided to merge our 2 school libraries, as part of a renovation of the entire building which houses our main library. Since 2019, we have been preparing for a scenario where we would be moving to a temporary location for well over 12 months, and where services and access to print books would be greatly reduced.

The plan was for building works to commence in September, 2020. In light of this, we had been focusing on designing an amazing new library, culling of unused resources, and greater provision of online services and texts.

While the building project was suspended due to COVID 19, the urgent preparation for this renovation left us better prepared for providing library services during the COVID Pandemic and learning@home and also learning@school under COVID health restrictions.


Just to give a general context to library operation under COVID; the school has been generally operating its normal timetable, even while learning@home occurred. We had some students of essential workers at school, but the vast majority were learning@home. Students who attended school also learnt online. Our students range from Year 5 to Year 12, and all staff and students have at least a Windows tablet. The students started each day with Home Group remotely, often using Microsoft Teams. This included students still attending school. Then the school day progressed as per the timetable. Lessons were delivered using Onenote and Teams. The school already used Classroom Onenotes for lessons, so these were amended for students to be able to follow at home. These adjustments were time-consuming to develop, and included screencasts, videos and many additional instructions. Pastoral House Assemblies occurred via Teams. The school also conducted its full school Friday Assemblies which were streamed live via Teams to nearly 1600 students, nearly 200 staff, and also any watching parents at home.


All staff were able to choose to work from home or school. The library shared a live updatable file that contained the times library staff would be on site. Most library staff chose of their own accord, to come in to work on some of their rostered days. This enabled the library to provide a collection service for books and texts from Student Services;’ parents and students emailed and phoned with requests. The library was like a beach during under the extreme COVID restrictions; people could come and borrow, but not stay or sit. This was due to cleaning arrangements and could be changed with a day’s notice.


The library emailed weekly newsletters to staff, Seniors, Years 7 to 10, and also one to Years 5 and 6s, as well as promotion via our blog

The Library advised parents of services via the school newsletter, and via a COVID parent portal, which contained all the school learning@home information.

We lent large numbers of set novels and also books for reading for pleasure, at the end of the term. Most English classes rearranged their units to study set novels, as these were units were easier to deliver at home.

We promoted reading ebooks and audiobooks, via our Wheelers Eplatform and Overdrive Sora app. We send out a book review daily on our Instagram account @ahsbrisbanelibrary

Library Lessons

Library lessons continued with Year 5 and 6 students, at the normal time on their timetable, albeit remotely. These students were familiar with Onenote, which Library staff already used with students. Library staff prepared many videos where they read books aloud, as well as other videos to explain tasks. The Library program includes many aspects of the Digital Technologies Curriculum, such as Scratch, and this could be delivered online. This was also a good time to revisit online safety with students.

Library Staff Duties

All school staff were provided with a tablet to use at home. Staff used the Outlook “To Do” tool to organise and share etheir daily tasks, professional learning and larger projects. Staff checked in weekly using Microsoft Teams. Library staff meetings were delivered via Teams. Library staff work in operational groups who meet twice a term; this continued occurring, but via Teams. Our school is very well set up to work remotely, and library staff easily found projects to work on from home.

Textbook Hire

AHS uses Box of Books as its online text platform. Jacaranda offered free texts during Term 2, as a COVID offer, and these texts were added to our Box of Books collection for many Departments.

A new Senior Religion text was released in digital format this week, but not yet in print. Students and staff had access to this new text online the next day, via Box of Books.

Due to a curriculum change by QCAA late in Term 1, some Senior classes needed novels after students had finished for the Term, so print could not be issued. After exploring different avenues, these novels were delivered via Wheelers Eplatform. The Library made a range of videos and other support resources, to assist students in studying set novels in ebook format for the first time.

AHS bought a school license for the digital version of the QSLA APA Guide to Referencing for Secondary Students, by Jenni King, a few years ago. This is provided to all students online in their Box of Books text collection.


The Library began using Libguides as its new site, last year. Many library staff have worked on this and it is now a rich resource. Teaching staff requested many Research Guides to support assignments and these are provided via Libguides, as well as learning resources such as Referencing Guides.

The Library added several new databases this year, so that was a timely increase in resources to support online research, when print books are not available. This included 2 new ebook collections.

Library staff scanned many single chapters of textbooks for teachers at the end of Term 1, as permitted under our copyright license. These were also catalogued.


Library staff made many screencasts and provided many links to craft and other projects that can be done at home. In particular, ideas were provided for gifts students could at home make for Mothers’ Day.


Library staff were extremely fortunate in the way our school planned for remote learning. All staff were very well supported with Professional Development for using Teams and for creating online learning resources, before moving to the situation where staff and students worked from home in Term 2.

In terms of library operations, returned books are left in quarantine, before shelving. The catalogue was adjusted so that borrowed items were not be due, until return to school.

In terms of managing when students were on site, ample sanitizer was provided and early effective initiatives, such as split lunches, reduced student numbers in the libraries at the end of Term 1, at any one time. Furniture was spread out to create distance, and bean bags and cushions put in storage. The school moved quickly to provide additional cleaning of the whole school, including the library.

These were just some of the initiatives the Library provided during COVID learning@home. With the move back to learning@school, hopefully the library project will be ignited; and in the meantime…the culling continues.

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Posted by on May 29, 2020 in Uncategorized


Shelving and Cataloguing Sheet Music

Some information on how we shelve and catalogue Sheet Music, that might be helpful to others. We have about 4000 different works catalogued.

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Posted by on May 28, 2020 in Uncategorized


Future Libraries Conference, Brisbane, October 25th, 2019

The annual Future Libraries Conference is on Friday, October 25th in Brisbane. Please see more information and book at

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Posted by on October 15, 2019 in Uncategorized