Access & Equity
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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News / Last Modified: 16 April 2019
This is the second article in a series published in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), highlighting innovation shared on ARSL's amazing and active Listserv.
ARSL member Jennifer Johnson-Spence, serves as...
News / Last Modified: 11 April 2019
A collection of resources, webinars, courses, video, and articles on libraries and how they serve the homeless in their communities.
News / Last Modified: 09 January 2019
The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people, organizations, and communities to call for racial healing, bring people together in their shared humanity and take action together to create a more just and equitable world.
News / Last Modified: 19 December 2018
Civic engagement is not a new concept for libraries, which have long been active community hubs. However, in this age of library transformation, it is time to escalate the scale of community engagement. On one level, it is survival; it is also the na...
News / Last Modified: 10 October 2018
Through the Next Chapter Book Club, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are finding a unique opportunity to engage in literacy, socialize and hang out in a community setting - all through the power of books and reading. Program fa...
Webinar / Last Modified: 27 September 2018
In this webinar, learn about Next Chapter Book Club and how to grow inclusive outreach to and engagement with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Webinar / Last Modified: 17 July 2018
In this webinar, presented in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries, learn how Halifax Public Libraries uses asset mapping to identify immigrant community needs and develop responsive programs and services.
News / Last Modified: 17 July 2018
"In order to maximize opportunities for access experienced by certain groups, a good society commits resources in order to level the playing field…if access policies concentrate solely on the objective of equality without reference to equity, th...
News / Last Modified: 28 June 2018
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 ...
News / Last Modified: 30 March 2018
Immigrants are such a hot-button issue these days that TechSoup for Libraries decided to search for a library that does excellent work to serve these specialized patrons. The U.S. immigrant population is roughly one in six people. Canada is having an...