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Inclusive Libraries 
• Libraries provide children with a vast resource of 
knowledge whereby they can access books, newspa...
Why is Inclusion Important? 
• By making libraries accessible and inclusive, we will not 
only address the needs of childr...
How can we make an Inclusive Library? 
• We must make sure that we don’t see this as simply an 
accommodation issue. We ne...
Six elements 
• Part of a strategy 
• As a potential for training 
• Facilitates constructive relationships 
• Exploits ex...
Strategy 
• With the help of the disabilities act of 2010, libraries 
should be starting points to help all children reach...
Potential for Training 
• Staff expertise. 
•Perceptions. 
•Conscious and unconscious 
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Relationships 
• Hopefully the changes currently being experienced 
by libraries will encourage librarians to look for 
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Resources 
• Links. 
•Magnification 
• Colour contrast 
• Adaptation 
• Choice . 
• Books in different formats/languages 
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Environment 
• Physical: 
• Bright colours and interactive displays. 
• Space 
• Shelves 
• Labelling 
• Visual 
• symbols...
Communication 
• Signage 
•Needs gap 
• Training 
• Bespoke services 
• Promotion 
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Reading and Change (Karen Goulding)

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Presentation given at SLA one-day conference "Reading for Excellence", 14th November 2014

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Reading and Change (Karen Goulding)

  1. 1. © University of Reading 2014 www.reading.ac.uk Go to View > Master > Slide Master to put your unit name here Reading & Change This talk addresses issues surrounding plurality and inclusiveness in the organisation and resourcing of libraries. It will provide opportunities to review practice and suggest some strategies for making libraries truly inclusive of all children.
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  3. 3. Inclusive Libraries • Libraries provide children with a vast resource of knowledge whereby they can access books, newspapers, journals and digital formats. 1: ALL children should be able to see themselves 2: Children with disabilities. 3:Thereby, through a library we can make a substantial impact on the education of all children. 3
  4. 4. Why is Inclusion Important? • By making libraries accessible and inclusive, we will not only address the needs of children with disabilities, but support all children. • We need to be aware of diversity in all its forms, including issues relating to culture, gender, disability, age, sexual identity, family structure and socio-economic background. • Activity. “How do you decide which resources to include, and which to exclude”. Discuss this with a colleague. 4
  5. 5. How can we make an Inclusive Library? • We must make sure that we don’t see this as simply an accommodation issue. We need to think about wide-ranging changes to the library so that it facilitates the ‘presence, participation and achievement’ of all children • Activity. Discuss this with a colleague the elements that are essential to creating an inclusive space: for example, Part of a strategy 5
  6. 6. Six elements • Part of a strategy • As a potential for training • Facilitates constructive relationships • Exploits existing resources e.g expertise • Environment • Communication 6
  7. 7. Strategy • With the help of the disabilities act of 2010, libraries should be starting points to help all children reach their goals. • The Disability Discrimination Act (April 2005) includes a new duty on public bodies, including primary schools, to actively promote disability equality. The Disability Equality Duty (DED) is not only about changes to buildings or making adjustments for individuals, it is about weaving equality for disabled children and adults into the culture of schools in practical ways. 7
  8. 8. Potential for Training • Staff expertise. •Perceptions. •Conscious and unconscious 8
  9. 9. Relationships • Hopefully the changes currently being experienced by libraries will encourage librarians to look for new ways in which they can engage their users. • Readers can help disseminate ideas and encourage further changes in libraries. 9
  10. 10. Resources • Links. •Magnification • Colour contrast • Adaptation • Choice . • Books in different formats/languages 10
  11. 11. Environment • Physical: • Bright colours and interactive displays. • Space • Shelves • Labelling • Visual • symbols and pictures • Pictorial guide • Audio • Listening post 11
  12. 12. Communication • Signage •Needs gap • Training • Bespoke services • Promotion 12
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