Access & Equity

  • 3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

    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 ...

  • Autism Accessible Browsing: a Community Effort at the Iowa City Public Library

    It's a simple enough story: two parents saw a need at their library, took initiative and worked with library staff to hold a program. On second glance, though, there is a lot libraries can learn from the experience of this group of three - spanning i...

  • The Library Diversity Committee: Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity in the Academic Community

    Today, universities and colleges across the United States are having open and sometimes intense conversations about the matters of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity in their campuses. These conversations are often a great start for students...

  • Library Access for All Students: Stories from Five ConnectED Libraries

    In April 2015, President Barack Obama announced the ConnectED Library Challenge, an effort to "put a library card in the hand of every student," and in January 2016 the White House hosted a convening of representatives from about 50 of the ...

  • Talking with Kids about Race and Racism at Oakland Public Library

    Since late 2014, when protests in Ferguson, MO, brought national attention to #BlackLivesMatter and the racial justice movement, many people—myself included—have been struggling to find age-appropriate ways to talk with youth about race, racism and c...

  • Bringing Libraries, Literacy to Refugee Children in Turkey

    Carrying with them more trauma than possessions, over 4.8 million people have fled war-scarred Syria since 2011. One Refugee Child is one of the many organizations attempting to meet the copious needs of these refugees. Here Claire Meier, Director Pr...

  • Social Justice and Libraries: Conversations and Changes

    The Social Justice and Libraries Open Conference was held May 14, 2016, at the Northwest School in Seattle, WA and was a free unconference-style event for library workers and students focused on dismantling structural oppression. In my first post, I ...

  • Social Justice and Libraries: Creating Forums for Discussion

    The first annual Social Justice and Libraries Open Conference, on May 14, 2016, in Seattle, WA, is a free unconference-style event for library workers and students focused on dismantling structural oppression. Inspired by the CritLib movement, Al...

  • Space to Share, Listen, Learn

    One of my favorite things about going to conferences is learning from the experiences and perspectives of others. Because people go to conferences to connect, there is such a strong sense of trust and commitment to relationship building. This authent...

  • Racial Justice and Libraries at Citizen University Conference

    By the year 2044, the United States will no longer be a white majority nation. For libraries interested in advancing racial justice, what opportunities might this pose? Since attending the conference Citizen University with WebJunction colleagues in ...