Preparing Boys for Life

The Haverford School librarian recognized for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts

Michelle Burns, Lower School librarian at The Haverford School, was recognized by the Pennsylvania School Library Association (PSLA) for her diversity, equity, and inclusion programming.

Burns was chosen as a member of the 2020-21 PSLA Leadership Institute for School Librarians, during which she participated in training to expand inclusive and equitable programming in libraries. The program was supported by a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

I always love the way a child lights up when they select a book that has images of people that look like them. That’s when I know our programming in the library is on the right track toward increased equity and inclusion.

Burns has been working toward equitable and inclusive programming in her library since she came to the School in 2019. She has increased the number of texts featuring diverse voices and augments classroom discussions by promoting equity and inclusion programs and projects for students in the Lower School.

“I always love the way a child lights up when they select a book that has images of people that look like them,” said Burns. “That’s when I know our programming in the library is on the right track toward increased equity and inclusion.”

“Ms. Burns has been tireless in her efforts to improve library services at The Haverford School,” said Lisa Snyder, Director of Information Services at Haverford. “This grant is further proof of her commitment and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to her belief that libraries can be a place of real transformation.”