Best of Core Forum: Beyond Late Fees

When a library charges fees, denies service, or requires patrons to jump through hoops to gain access, who benefits? It's certainly not the patrons that need library service the most. This presentation will discuss how one rural public library learned to take a hard look at what it really means to provide library service focused on empowering all community members. Institutional barriers can be difficult to take down and--for some--difficult to recognize.

This webinar was previously presented in-person as a session at the 2022 Core Forum. We are hosting this webinar, with the session adapted and presented live as a virtual event, to extend its reach.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize how library policies and procedures disenfranchise the populations that need library services the most;
  • Question “this has always been the way” statements and the harm traditional practices cause; and
  • Take home real-life examples of mind-set changes and how to implement them within the boundaries of governing rules.

Who Should Attend: Public librarians.

Presenter:

Carrie Valdes has been the Director of the Grand County Public Library in Moab, UT since 2007 although she has worked for the library for over 22 years. She has a MLS from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor’s in Human Resources from Utah State University. She has lived in Utah all her life (except for a brief stint in Mexico) and is passionate about reducing barriers to library access for all community members.

Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event.

Registration

Online: Complete the individual webinar online registration form. Sessions are listed by date, and you must log in.

By phone: 1-800-545-2433 (press 1 to reach our customer service representatives)

By mail: To register by check or purchase order, please email registration@ala.org. Our registration department will send you an invoice or registration form.

How do I purchase group registration?

You can register a group for an event by specifying the number of people who will be accessing the event during checkout. We offer discounts for webinars depending on the number of registrations you specify in checkout:

Number of Seats

Discount Applied

3-6

30%

7-12

35%

13-19

40%

20+

If you are registering 20 or more individuals for a webinar, or are interested in group registrations for other learning events, please contact us at corece@ala.org


Core Code of Conduct: Please review the Statement of Conduct before registering.

Contact
If you have a question or need to make arrangements for special assistance or additional accessibility, please contact Mia Blixt-Shehan (mblixtshehan@ala.org).