Library For All: Creating children’s book collections to mirror the lived experience of the reader

0:00 Intro & Acknowledgement by Ruth Wallace 1:36 Presentations by Julie & Lara 26:00 Q&A with Audience Library For All: Creating children’s book collections to mirror the lived experience of the reader Presenters: Dr Julie Owen, Cultural Advisor & Dr…

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0:00 Intro & Acknowledgement by Ruth Wallace
1:36 Presentations by Julie & Lara
26:00 Q&A with Audience

Library For All: Creating children’s book collections to mirror the lived experience of the reader

Presenters: Dr Julie Owen, Cultural Advisor & Dr Lara Cain Gray, Specialist Librarian (Content Strategy & Publishing) with Library For All.

Recorded: Tuesday 16 November @ the Savanna room.

Abstract
Library of All (LFA) is on a mission to make knowledge accessible to all, equally. As a non-profit organisation with global experience, publishing physical and digital books for children at no or low cost, all with a focus on literacy attainment, LFAs vision is to deliver culturally safe, relevant, and engaging content to more than 20 million readers by 2030.

Working internationally since 2013 Library For All commenced the development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection titled Our Yarning in 2020. This collection of 500 books aims to mirror the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Dr Julie Owen and Dr Lara Cain Grey from Library For All will present the research and evidence that underpins the development of LFA collections, and how Our Yarning is being developed in Australia.

Dr Lara Cain Grey’s research papers can be found here https://libraryforall.org/research/

Bios
Dr Julie Owen, Cultural Advisor with Library For All
Julie is a Nurrunga/Ngarrindjeri woman from SA living in Broome and has been working in health, education, and community development across the top end for over 30 years. Julie leads the development of LFA’s Our Yarning collection.

Dr Lara Cain Gray, Specialist Librarian (Content Strategy & Publishing) with Library For All
Lara is an authority on cross-cultural library collection management. She brings specialist knowledge of translation and adaptation methodologies, and culturally specific publishing agendas, to her curatorial oversight of LFA’s publishing program. Lara steers LFA’s global network of authors, translators and cultural advisors, providing training and support for content creation, and ensuring every title is relevant, age-appropriate, and high quality.

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