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Wednesday, June 9 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Community-led Libraries: Cross Pollination From the Outside In

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The purpose of the proposed presentation is to share the preliminary findings of a SSHRC-funded research project that asks two questions: (1) to what extent have Canada’s public libraries leveraged, or not, the model for community-libraries as defined in the Working Together Project toolkit (2008), distributed more than twelve years ago? And (2) what new opportunities for public service innovation exist when librarians and social workers share the same public space? The findings --based on the voices of those interviewed-- resonate closely with conference themes. For example, cross-pollination is inevitable when: a library hires social workers to deal with the most vulnerable; a technical services space becomes transformed --during the first COVID lockdown-- into the city’s foodbank distribution centre; and, when library staff are set free in the community and charged with finding and engaging with those living at the margins, whom the library has failed to reach.  Equity, inclusivity, race and class all play a role in this re-imagined community-led library.

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Dr. Siobhan Stevenson

Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Before completing a PhD in LIS with a focus on public libraries in 2005 and moving into academia,  I worked (in descending order) as: a provincial library consultant, a library clerk caretaker, a library clerk and, as a teenager, a page. Public libraries are my passion, and sharing... Read More →


Mike Beazley

Co-Chair Programme Committee, Acadia University

Wednesday June 9, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm ADT
Stream: Gravenstein