Access & Equity

Black Lives Matter demonstrators gather in Baltimore (MD)

Access & Equity are broad areas for libraries and they encompass many issues. This includes, among so much more, making sure your facility is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, serving patrons on the autism spectrum, building a diverse collection, and creating a welcoming environment that represents your entire community no matter ethnicity, heritage, gender identity or sexual orientation.   

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

 News / Last Modified: 08 December 2017

A collection of resources, webinars, courses, video, and articles on libraries and how they serve the homeless in their communities.

Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More

 News / Last Modified: 06 December 2017

Autumn is an excellent time of year to highlight ways libraries are fighting hunger in their communities, and October is a great month to start planning for summer lunch and learning programs. Below you’ll find a list of some resources for learning m...

Columbus Metropolitan Responds to Hunger: Summer Meals and More

 News / Last Modified: 09 November 2017

As a library looks ahead to its busiest programming schedule of the year, why would it consider becoming a summer meal site? At Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), staff realized kids were hungry from the time they arrived at 9am until they left at ...

3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

 News / Last Modified: 02 November 2017

As individuals and communities react to conflict in the world, we're reminded of the ways in which libraries often serve as a sanctuary for those looking for physical or emotional safety. But unfortunately, even the committed and welcoming staff who ...

Living Library Project: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

 Webinar / Last Modified: 02 September 2017

Archive and related resources from July 22, 2009 webinar on the Living Library Project a community building library program where participants “check out” Living Books for a personal conversation.