Sarah Lawton has worked for public libraries in Colorado, Vermont, and Wisconsin, and is currently neighborhood library supervisor at Madison (Wis.) Public Library. A 2009 ALA Emerging Leader, Sarah's recent work focuses on collaborating with diverse communities, community organizations and local government agencies to foster greater social cohesion and promote equitable access to opportunity.
- About the Instructors
Public libraries across the country readily embrace their role as centers for democracy and civic participation. But what role should libraries play in advancing social justice and addressing persistent racial inequities? When it comes to community transformation, how can a social justice lens and racial equity tools guide us to be more engaged and inclusive at all levels of our work?
Whether your community is a site of major political action or feels a million miles away from Ferguson or Baltimore, issues of current and historical injustice are present in your community every day. Learn how public libraries can engage in meaningful social justice and racial equity work by leveraging their existing strengths, supporting transformational relationships, and developing new tools to support social change.
Hear from three librarians who are working to center social justice and racial equity in their day-to-day work. Core principles of diversity, equity, and social justice will be defined. Whether you are management or front line staff, you’ll gain concrete resources and ideas that will help you feel empowered to step into these conversations and deepen community engagement.
This archived webinar was originally presented June 8, 2016.
Running time: 1 hour, 3 minutes
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