Decreasing Barriers to Library Use
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A PLA 2020 Virtual Conference On-Demand Session
In an effort to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse community, the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library conducted its first diversity audit. Library staff took a serious look at the diverse needs of the community and created an audit catered to those needs. This session discusses the process and results of an audit of the young adult materials, lessons learned, exciting trends, and great additions to your collection.
Originally presented as part of the PLA 2020 Virtual Conference on February 27, 2020.
This session aligns with the pathway for Public Library Stewards in PLA's Theory of Change for Professional Development. To learn more, please visit ala.org/pla/education/theoryofchange.
At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify potential barriers to library use in your community;
- Find and develop solutions to barriers; and
- Consider alternative policies, operations, and programming initiatives that may decrease barriers.
Who Should Attend
This on-demand session is intended for those with no previous knowledge of the topic.
Ann Burlingame is deputy director of the Wake County Public Library System (WCPL). Ann received ALA’s 2015 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. Under Ann's leadership the Every Family Ready to Achieve initiative was implemented in WCPL, which focused on removing barriers to service for vulnerable populations. This initiative included the ABC Craft and Learn program which simulates a Pre-Kindergarten classroom and supports a child's smooth launch to kindergarten.
Katrina Vernon is the senior library manager for facilities and operations at Wake County Public Library System (WCPL). She analyzes data trends to determine areas of growth for the library system, and oversees new building projects and both major and minor renovations for WCPL. Katrina evaluates user experience within the library system's 24 facilities and works to ensure that WCPL's libraries are inviting, comfortable, and safe places.
Sarah Lyon is a lifelong library user, with over fifteen years of experience working in special and public libraries. In her current role as manager for customer experience, she manages Youth Services programming for the library system and oversees locations dedicated to serving vulnerable populations. Sarah’s passions are early literacy, customer service, and connecting citizens to programs and resources that enrich their lives.
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