Applied Health Sciences Librarian University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois
Whether in cyberspace or a brick and mortar building libraries are places of community. They are places where people of all backgrounds can find information and a good book and can celebrate individual cultures and the larger community. They ought to be places where everyone feels welcome. Yet many adults with disabilities do not see libraries as a positive destination even when there are no physical barriers. They may come to our libraries in groups and not engage. If students, they may avoid libraries to the detriment of their grades. Or they may not think of us at all.
We all can create library environments that welcome everyone, and programs are our invitations. Join us to learn how from other librarians who are currently serving the adults with disabilities in their communities. Drop in on a virtual program from the Bloomfield Township Public Library. Hear JJ Pionke, Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana library, describe how sensory tools can make libraries more welcoming for people with sensory and developmental disabilities or mental health issues. Celebrate diverse, inclusive arts programs in the library and explore working with partners to increase intersectional representations and participation with Carrie Banks from Brooklyn Public Library’s Inclusive Services. Explore the role of virtual and in-person programs in our hybrid futures. You’ll leave this session informed and inspired. Sponsored by the Accessibility Assembly.
identify some of the barriers adults with disabilities face in libraries
create interesting and appropriate programs for adults with disabilities
work with partners to ensure adults of all backgrounds with disabilities will feel welcome in the library