Thursday, November 25, 2:00-3:30pm ET
Community Conversations - One size does not fit all: Equity in Community Engagement
Date & Time:
November 25, 2021, 2pm-3:30pm ET
Libraries need to serve all members of the community; however, traditional engagement strategies may not be suitable for all community groups. From language barriers to challenges with accessibility, libraries are adapting their community development strategies to be more inclusive. Participants will learn how public libraries are engaging different equity-seeking groups (i.e. visible minorities, Indigenous communities, people with disabilities) in their communities.
Following the presentations, participants will gather in breakout groups to share ideas, best practices and learn from each other.
About the Speakers:
Kelli Rae Morning Bull
Kelli Rae Morning Bull is a Blackfoot member of the Piikani Nation and is the Indigenous Service Design Lead at Calgary Public Library. Her educational background in TV/Film and Communications has been instrumental in the development of virtual programs during the pandemic. Her cultural knowledge and community awareness has strengthened relationships with Indigenous communities and resulted in innovative and creative ways to educate Canadians on the current issues Indigenous people face today.
Rachel Breau is the Manager of Member Services at CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access. With 19 years of experience working in accessible library services, she has been connecting library patrons with print disabilities, library staff, educators and other professionals to alternate format reading materials and technologies. With a special interest in fostering the enjoyment of reading in children, she is a member of the National Creative Committee of the TD Summer Reading Club. She develops outreach tools and accessibility resources for libraries to offer inclusive programming in their community.
Skye Soobramanie is currently a Librarian of Children & Youth Services at Brampton Library and was previously in the role of Diversity and Adult Services. During her time as a Diversity and Adult Services librarian, she was responsible for overseeing Newcomer services and programs.
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