Library Access Roundtable
We seek to promote library communities that have a strong focus on
inclusion and where barriers to access are eliminated.
To achieve our aims, the Roundtable will work to:
- foster the development of the skills needed to connect with our communities so we clearly hear, and can authentically reflect an understanding of their needs, and then respond with effective resources and/or service,
- develop a professional network that allows us to respond with services that facilitate full engagement with all that our libraries offer,
- highlight library efforts that are making access real for members of library communities, and
- invite perspectives from the community members experiencing barriers to access.
In addition to intentional outreach to those who are not currently represented among our patrons, we understand that every person at some time needs an alternative method of access to fully use library services - from translation services or digital literacy classes, to large print materials and a separate space with accessible technology, to simple promotion of the idea that we are willing to make accommodations.
This roundtable was formerly known as RLSP (Roundtable for Library Service to Special Populations. The purpose and name were changed by member vote in Decemeber 2015.