Em Lane is the interim branch manager at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr, Library. Em has worked in libraries for over a decade, having had the opportunity to serve youth for a majority of his career. Em is a founding member of the Restorative Practices for Youth Team, which won a ULC Top Innovator Award in 2018 and he believes that all library customers deserve to be given opportunities for growth.
Intentional Inclusion: Disrupting Middle Class Bias in Library Programming (PLA On-Demand Webinar)—GROUP RATE
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A PLA 2020 Virtual Conference On-Demand Session
What could be wrong with traditional middle class principles such as hard work, achievement, self-sufficiency, and planning? The reality is that these dearly held values alienate many library customers and impede our ability to truly meet their needs. Pima County (Arizona) Public Library is successfully offering programs utilizing restorative practices for youth, community conversations for those experiencing homelessness, and expanded reference services for incarcerated individuals. Learn from our experiences around implementing radically inclusive programming.
Originally presented as part of the PLA 2020 Virtual Conference on February 28, 2020.
This session aligns with the pathway for Community Advocates in PLA's Theory of Change for Professional Development. To learn more, please visit ala.org/pla/education/theoryofchange.
Running time: 1 hour
At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:
- Define how middle class values fuel bias within the institutional structure of the public library and begin using critical analysis to identify your own bias;
- Understand how to design library programs to meet the needs of vulnerable populations through an equity-focused conversational model rather than a traditional prescriptive paradigm; and
- Explain why this shift in mindset is necessary for delivery of equitable and inclusive services to library patrons.
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