Access & Equity

  • Citizen Catalysts: A Conference Reflection for Libraries

    As you may know, we recently launched a new topic area on WebJunction, Access & Equity, as a way to explore the ways libraries can lead community discussion and respond more deliberately to the needs of their communities in relation to race and e...

  • February Poll Results: Libraries and Civic Engagement

    In our February 2016 WebJunction Crossroads poll, we explored the ways in which public libraries support civic engagement. This concept has been applied in a number of different ways, ranging from services and programs for newcomers, resources for vo...

  • Racial Equity in the Library, Part Two: Diverse Collections, Programming, Resources

    "So this group of rowdy teen/tween boys came into the library today. They weren't really causing trouble, but they were a little loud and just … looked like they were looking for mischief, you know? So then they started going through the non-fic...

  • Racial Equity in the Library, Part One: Where to Start?

    For this two-part series, WebJunction takes a look at a complex and broad issue: racial equity in the library. As we participate in conversations about the future of the library and its critical place within community, equity issues continue to surfa...

  • Advancing Health Equity through Services to Patrons Experiencing Homelessness

    "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...

  • Serving Youth Experiencing Homelessness

    Youth homelessness is increasing and teens who are homeless have a myriad of challenges to overcome. While the problem of teen homelessness is complicated, public libraries are finding ways to reach out and provide safe, positive programs as well as ...

  • Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation

    More than 3,000 library and information workers from at least 112 countries gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, in August for IFLA's 81st World Library and Information Congress. The theme, "Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformat...

  • New Course: Serving Library Users on the Autism Spectrum

    Whether you knew it at the time or not, you have likely interacted with or assisted a library user with autism, as it is the fastest growing disability according to Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy organization. A new online course, designed...

  • Poem for Charleston Five Year Old

    With the tragic shooting this week in Charleston, many of us were left wondering what we can do, as individuals, and as libraries, to respond. Suzi Wackerbarth, a children's librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, posted what she did, to the...

  • Public Libraries in Times of Need: Ferguson and Beyond

    The Ferguson Public Library in Missouri has become a refuge for its community which has been torn apart by the recent race-based conflict. While school has been out, the library has stepped up and offered classes led by school teachers, allowing chil...