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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Tackling the Racism in Children's Classics

 News / Last Modified: 07 November 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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Living Library Project: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

 Webinar / Last Modified: 30 October 2019

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.

3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

 News / Last Modified: 30 October 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 ...

Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds

 Webinar / Last Modified: 18 October 2019

In this webinar, learn the tools and tips for starting or expanding a USDA summer meals site and for incorporating lunches into your summer reading program.

The Engaged and Embedded Library

 News / Last Modified: 13 September 2019

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...

Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

 News / Last Modified: 09 September 2019

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

Community-Led Public Libraries

 News / Last Modified: 04 September 2019

As we celebrate WebJunction's #WJ10th anniversary, we're pleased to recognize a new work by a webinar presenter alum, Kenneth Williment, co-author of Developing Community-Led Public Libraries. In Canada and the UK, libraries have been using ...