In this webinar, speakers will cover a variety of topics to uplift and support the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Based on doctoral research, a speaker will briefly discuss the history of the National Associations of Librarians of Color, their origin stories, and how they came to be to support BIPOC library workers. There will also be co-presenters who will highlight a new tool called, "Diverse BookFinder," a comprehensive collection of children's picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC). Attendees will learn about various resources to engage with and support their communities and in the library workplace. All are welcome to attend, and this webinar will be recorded. Come bring your questions and thoughts!


February 22, 2024, 12 pm, EST


Moderator: Ray Pun

Dr. Ray Pun (he/him) is the academic and research librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education, a teacher residency program in California, where he supports graduate students, teachers, and teacher educators. From 2021-2022, Pun served as President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and from 2022-2023, Pun served as President of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). Pun holds an Ed.D. from Fresno State, a Master of Library Science from the City University of New York - Queens College, a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. John's University. Learn more about Dr. Ray Pun at

Confirmed Speakers:

Dr. Krista Aronson is an Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Psychology at Bates College. Her scholarship focuses on illuminating how people come to understand complex social constructs like race and ethnicity, including how children process and understand race as well as appropriate, effective and productive ways to discuss this topic with them; specifically, the effective use of picture books to enhance intercultural relationships and self-understanding during childhood. Her own identity as a biracial woman deeply informs her work. The Diverse BookFinder and associated work are the focus of her active research, which represents a substantial portion of the professional effort of faculty at Bates.

Alicia K. Long is a Library & Information Science (LIS) educator pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. Alicia has a Master’s in Library & Information Science from the University of South Florida and teaching degrees from her country of origin, Argentina. Alicia’s research interests focus on socio-cultural perspectives of LIS education and information practices and services. More specifically, Alicia studies the impact of online learning and curricular and pedagogical practices on diverse student populations, and socio-cultural aspects of information behavior, sources, and library services, especially youth services. Through her research and work, Alicia seeks to help break down barriers to higher education for diverse populations, help diversify the library and information studies fields, and expose educational methods that contribute to social justice.