Welcome to the BC SRC Accessibility Toolkit for library workers. This is a new resource for 2022 that will include ongoing updates as new materials and resources become available.
Have a great resource that you’d like to suggest? Email Stephanie Usher (BC SRC Provincial Coordinator) at bcsrc[at]bcla.bc.ca.
Last updated: May 18, 2022
Tips for an Inclusive SRC:
Some inclusive programming best practices from Dr. Tess Prendergast (UBC iSchool Lecturer and retired children’s librarian):
- Be aware that your audience will always include children of varying abilities.
- Recognize that it is the responsibility of each facilitator to make adjustments and accommodations to best suit the needs of their participants.
- Ensure all program promotions make it clear that these programs are welcoming and inclusive, and that program content should be adaptable.
- Feel comfortable to mix ’n match activities based on the needs and abilities of the children participating.
- Let summer students and/or volunteers know it’s OK to adapt a program or activity.
- Make sure your room set-up allows space for kids using wheelchairs and walkers
- When possible, include (good!) books that represent children of different abilities and backgrounds.
- Normalize accommodations and/or participation of a child’s caregiver with phrases such as “You can do this activity by yourself or with a partner”.
- If an activity includes the use of plants (or a substance that may cause an allergic reaction), you may wish to include this info ahead of time to give people advance notice.
For an interview with Dr. Prendergast, please read the Spring 2014 issue of YAACing, found here.
BC SRC Special Report:
- Developing an Inclusive BC Summer Reading Club: Working with, learning from and serving First Nations communities in Hazelton, Cooper, Ruth and Laurette Lapalme (2019)
BC SRC Resources for Parents/Caregivers in Other Languages:
- The Value of Summer Reading Club: https://bcsrc.ca/product/value-of-summer-reading-club/
- What is BC Summer Reading Club?: https://bcsrc.ca/product/what-is-the-bc-summer-reading-club-brochure/
- ALSC Blog – “Bringing elements of sensory programming into all programs”: https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2019/10/sensory-programming-into-all-programs/
- ALSC White Paper – “The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children”: https://www.ala.org/alsc/publications-resources/white-papers/importance-diversity
- Grace Lin TEDx talk – “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wQ8wiV3FVo
- Libraryprogramming.org – “6 Mistakes Rookie Programmers Make (& What To Do Instead) + 2 Unexpected Recommended Reads”: https://www.libraryprogramming.org/post/6-mistakes-rookie-programmers-make-what-to-do-instead-2-unexpected-recommended-reads
- AccessibleLibraries.ca – Accessibility 101 Webinar: https://accessiblelibraries.ca/training-resources/
- BCLA Accessible Presentations Guidelines: https://bclaconnect.ca/conferences/bcla-accessible-presentations-guidelines/
- Canva Webinar – Design for Accessibility: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGR8UDCdi14
- Hootsuite Inclusive Design for Social Media: https://blog.hootsuite.com/inclusive-design-social-media/
- Open Dyslexic Font Download: https://opendyslexic.org/
- Web Accessibility Initiative – How to Meet WCAG Guidelines (Quick Reference): https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG21/quickref/
Journal Articles (available via databases):
- Bushman, B., & Fagan, M.K. Public Library Programs and Accommodations for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children in the United States, The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Volume 24, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages 74–83, https://doi.org/10.1093/deafed/eny041.
- (2017). Public Libraries and Access for Children with Disabilities and Their Families: A Proposed Inclusive Library Model, Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, 66:2, 96-115, DOI: 10.1080/24750158.2017.1298399.
- Prendergast, T. (2016). Seeking Early Literacy for All: An Investigation of Children’s Librarians and Parents of Young Children with Disabilities’ Experiences at the Public Library. Library Trends 65(1), 65-91. doi:10.1353/lib.2016.0023.
- AccessibleLibraries.ca – “Curated Accessibility Resources”: https://accessiblelibraries.ca/?post_types=access-resource