Finding and Evaluating Inclusive Resources for School Classrooms and Libraries
Incorporating inclusive materials into our school classrooms and libraries is an essential component of establishing a positive and supportive climate in our schools. Join Amanda Melilli and Samantha Godbey of the UNLV University Libraries to learn about approaches to finding and evaluating resources for more inclusive collections. Using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, they will also introduce attendees to core information literacy concepts and their importance to inclusive educational materials and practices.
Admission is free and CEUs are available for those attending the live event. A recording of the event will be available online.
Amanda Melilli, MLIS
Associate Professor, Head Teacher Development & Resources Library
Amanda Melilli received a Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in youth services from San Jose State University. As the head of the UNLV Teacher Development & Resources Library, Melilli specializes in youth library collections with a focus on the discovery and evaluation of diverse children’s/young adult literature. Melilli's research focuses on promoting the use of often underutilized youth materials, specifically the importance of incorporating graphic novels into elementary/secondary classrooms and supporting LGBTQIA+ youth through inclusive school library collections and curriculum.
Samantha Godbey, MLIS, MA
Education Librarian, Associate Professor
Samantha Godbey is a social-justice oriented educator serving as the library liaison to the College of Education and Department of Psychology. She earned her MLIS and teacher librarian credential from San Jose State University, her MA in Education from the University of California at Berkeley, and her BA in Italian from Yale University. Prior to becoming a librarian, she was a high school English teacher in California and a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Russian Far East. Her research interests include: information literacy instruction and assessment, especially for education students; the affective dimension of learning; and working with the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
About the Scholarship in Practice Web Lecture Series
Aligned with UNLV’s Top Tier goal of community engagement, the Scholarship in Practice Web Lecture Series is a forum offered to local and national communities to discuss critical issues and propose concrete solutions on topics related to PK-20 education and mental health. Steeped in the latest scholarship, lectures are designed to support educators, practitioners, and other stakeholders. The UNLV College of Education provides approximately 6-8 lectures per year.
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