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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Prioritizing Accessibility and Disability Inclusion at Your Library

 News / Last Modified: 18 July 2019

Putting a focus on accessibility helps create a library that can be enjoyed by more people and can connect more people to the information and resources they need. Opportunities to make libraries more accessible can include decisions about your collec...

Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More

 News / Last Modified: 06 June 2019

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...

3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

 News / Last Modified: 30 May 2019

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 ...

Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

 News / Last Modified: 29 May 2019

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

Blessing Box: Take What You Need, Leave What You Can

 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...

2018 National Day of Racial Healing

 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.
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The Engaged and Embedded Library

 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...

Next Chapter Book Club: Where Reading is for Everyone

 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...