As architects who work with libraries, the topic of "Libraries as Place" is of particular interest. For a variety of reasons, however, it is not unusual for libraries to find themselves working with an architect who doesn’t have quite this level of experience. Fortunately, there are strategies that libraries can use with a variety of architects to design spaces and facilities that are both functional and inspirational.
Oak Park Public Library's Shelley Harris writes about programming, collections and outreach strategies that public libraries can adopt to encourage positive experiences for disabled community members. By creating welcoming spaces and engaging programming, patrons can learn the importance of disability advocacy and pride.
Mid-Continent Public Library's Director of Security offers guiding questions and a framework for understanding the importance of safety and security in the library setting.
At Pima County Public Library, the Synapse Team connects patrons and staff to resources that inform optimal mental health practices, reduce stigma often associated with mental health issues, empower community members to seek necessary help and serve as a bridge to community partners.
Libraries across North America have been embracing a role in food access and nutrition information for decades, and now many employ a range of programs and services to address barriers to food security in their communities.
In the work of food security, it is important to understand that the words we use can directly impact the success of our work. Read about the language that stood out and evolved at a recent ULC convening of food justice.
On December 7-9, 2022, library leaders and partners from 20 organizations gathered for a convening on the role of libraries in food justice. The convening emphasized how libraries of all sizes can support residents who lack access to nourishing food and nutrition information.
As part of the ULC Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning cohort, the Central Arkansas Library System enhanced community summer learning by partnering with a local program for youth experiencing housing insecurity. Learn more in this blog by CALS Youth Services Coordinator Ellen Samples.
Nearly 2,000 years after the first library opened its doors, the world is on the brink of losing climate stability. Hear from Alison Smart, Executive Director of Probable Futures, about how libraries can help build societal climate literacy and help people foster needed skills for a changing climate.
Across North America, public libraries are stepping up as leaders of democracy and civic engagement in their communities. In the lead up to ULC’s 2022 Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy, ULC is spotlighting those courageous leaders in our Faces of Democracy campaign.