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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Social Work Students and Public Library Partnerships

Publish Date: Webinar / 29 April 2020

This webinar will provide information on how libraries can collaborate with social work interns and programs, to provide critical services to community members and training and support for library staff.

Library as a Social Assistance Office

Publish Date: News / 20 February 2020

With a determined stride and a big smile, Ida Abolins walks over to the writing desk at the window of the library in San Francisco and asks a young man bending over a pile of paper, "How are you doing?"

Overlooking the lavish City...

Civil Legal Justice: The Crucial Role of Libraries

Publish Date: Webinar / 11 February 2020

In this webinar, learn about the ways public libraries can address the justice gap, connecting people with information as they navigate the complexities of the legal system.

Public Libraries and the 2020 Census

Publish Date: News / 2 January 2020

Federal funding for public libraries will be determined by the 2020 U.S. Census results, with ALA reporting that "more than $1 billion in federal funding for libraries will be allocated to states based on the 2020 Census." In addition to fe...

Multicultural Picture Books: A Deeper Look at Your Collection

Publish Date: News / 5 December 2019

Do you feel it is important to have a diverse children’s collection, but don’t always know where to start? The Diverse BookFinder Collection Analysis Tool (CAT), funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is specifically des...

Tackling the Racism in Children's Classics

Publish Date: News / 16 October 2019

In Was the Cat in the Hat Black?, author Philip Nel examines the racist illustrations present in a number of Dr. Seuss’s works, and points out racism present in other children’s classics. Many of these books are on our shelves.

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