IDEA Team update
The IDEA Team met on May 23 and discussed possible CE opportunities for our libraries in 2020 including: the inclusive services toolkit presentation, collection development and weeding, mental health first aid workshop, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), homelessness, dealing with extreme viewpoints and behavior, and implicit bias. If you have any ideas for more please let me know! We also shared what our own libraries have been doing to incorporate inclusiveness. We are all doing great work out there that we might not even think about under the inclusivity umbrella and can’t wait to share our stories!
ALA releases a new Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census
The American Library Association released the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States. The Guide contains practical information to assist library staff in addressing potential patron and community requests regarding the upcoming 2020 Census. The Guide includes:
basic information about the Census process;
highlights of new components in the 2020 Census, such as the online response option;
frequently asked questions;
a timeline of key Census dates;
contact information and links to additional resources.
For every person in Wisconsin who does not participate in the Census, the state loses approximately $1,100 per person in possible grant aid!
Lake Superior Libraries Symposium, June 6 & 7
Registration for the eighth annual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium is now open! LSLS19: Sea Changes in Libraries will be held at Lake Superior College and includes many sessions on inclusivity starting with a pre-conference workshop Managing Cultural Change in Libraries: Marx, Maslow and Management with John Pateman, Thursday, June 6th from 1:00-4:00 PM.
WisDOT ADA Transition Plan
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) invites the public to review and offer comments on its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan.
WisDOT is committed to providing a safe, efficient and accessible transportation system for all. The ADA Transition Plan is an opportunity for the department to focus on what we can do to enhance service for our fellow Wisconsinites who may have diminished vision or hearing as well as mobility issues. Public comments on the plan will be used to help guide the department’s strategy for ADA improvements moving forward. The full plan and information about public comments can be found online at: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/doing-bus/civil-rights/titlevi-ada/ADAcompliance.aspx
WisDOT encourages anyone interested, including individuals with disabilities or organizations that serve individuals with disabilities to submit comments. Comments can also be submitted by mail (Office of Business Opportunity and Equity Compliance, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 4822 Madison Yards Way, 5th Floor South, Madison, WI 53705).
Not Enough Apologies: a Childhood Trauma Documentary
Wisconsin Public Television has had a decades-long relationship with Wisconsin’s libraries and childhood resource agencies through our popular Reel to Real community event partnership with the Wisconsin Library Association.
I encourage you to consider hosting a free community screening and dialogue around a critical topic impacting our youngest – childhood trauma, and the need for trauma-informed care awareness, support, and training. Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories, is an original Wisconsin Public Television news documentary examining the “childhood welfare to adult prison pipeline,” and the positive impacts of trauma-informed care.
For more information, including details on how to request a screening kit, view: https://dpi.wi.gov/wilibrariesforeveryone/host-community-screening-wisconsin-public-television
Interesting articles on inclusive topics:
Spring 2019 CCBC Diversity Data: See the pdf to learn about changes in diversity in children’s materials and own voices.
See to Read: Public librarians commonly think that helping children get ready for kindergarten is early literacy skills, learning numbers, being able to follow simple instructions, learning to be part of a group. Oregon libraries also help parents meet a kindergarten registration requirement—vision screening.
National Weather Service holds severe weather event for deaf, hard of hearing community: A severe weather preparedness event in Alabama was aimed at the deaf and hard of hearing community.