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Concurrent Program Session

Applying an Equity Lens: Shifting Resources to Reach Low Income Audiences

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 108 AB

The Seattle Public Library has begun conducting equity analyses of programs and services to eliminate racial disparities.? In examining our mobile services, summer programs, and other youth programs, we found a failure to reach children with the greatest barriers to access and responded with several major resource allocation shifts. This session examines these case studies and the equity frameworks we used for each.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Learn strategies for assessing programs and services from an equity standpoint 2: Gain insights into one system's approach to making major resource allocation changes to achieve equity goals 3: Learn how to plan change management when navigating political minefields

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Track: Plan

Tags: Administration/Management, Advocacy, Assessment and Evaluation, Organizational Change, Outreach Services, Urban Libraries


Valerie Wonder, Community Engagement Manager
The Seattle Public Library , Seattle , WA

Valerie Wonder is the Community Engagement Manager at the Seattle Public Library where she oversees systemwide programming and outreach, mobile services, disability services, and services to people experiencing homelessness. Valerie has an MLIS and an MPA from the University of Washington. Her previous experience includes work with the International Rescue Committee and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Tom Fay, Director of Library Programs and Services
The Seattle Public Library , Seattle , WA

Tom Fay is the Director of Programs and Services at the Seattle Public Library where he oversees public services, collections and access, and information technology. Tom worked in Nevada libraries for 30 years starting as a page and retiring as the deputy director and chief operating officer of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (LVCCLD). In between, he served as executive director of the Henderson Libraries. He has been active in ALA and PLA.

Rekha Kuver, Youth and Family Learning Services Manager
Seattle Public Library , Seattle , WA

Rekha Kuver is the Youth and Family Learning Manager at the Seattle Public Library where she oversees the design and development of systemwide programs and services to youth ages 0-22.

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