Community-Led Think Tank Virtual Series

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Equity in Community Engagement

Thursday November 25, 2021.
Hosted in Zoom.


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 Morning Bull
Indigenous Service Lead, Calgary Public Library

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
Manager of Member Services, Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

Rachel Breau is the Manager of Member Services at CELA. 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

Librarian, Children & Youth Services, Brampton Public Library

Skye 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.

Past Events: 

Creating Engaging Family Storytime & Baby Rhyme Time Online Programs with Myke Atkinson, Calgary Public Library.

Watch this session on the OLA YouTube Channel

Online Programming Kit

Teen Discord Servers in Library Programming with Brady Williamson and Matthew Wagner, Pickering Library

About this event: 

The Community-Led Think Tank is held every one or two years. The program is developed by OPLA’s Community Led Committee and explores a different theme at each event. The community-led approach to libraries aims to create a library for the people, by the people. This event is a full day of collaborating, networking and learning about this approach to librarianship.

OPLA’s Community-Led Libraries Think Tank is for you whether you are just getting started with a community-led library approach or you’ve already embraced the concept. The day features an opportunity to discuss themes and issues related to community-led in small groups, to share ideas and best practices and to hear from experts in the field.