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SWFLN ACCESSibility Points: C is for Culture

March 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Type: SWFLN Webinar
Date: 3/3/2017
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM

 SWFLN is excited to continue its ACCESSibility Points series, which is exploring the idea of accessibility and the many ways it influences our patrons, ourselves, and our work. This is the second webinar in the ACCESSibility Points series: C is for Cultures (of Compliance and Gentleness). Upcoming: C is for Courage, E is for Empowerment, S is for Special Needs, and S is for Safety.

It is no surprise that as library staff members, we must effectively serve a wide variety of patrons every day. Many of our patrons have physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, which may be visible, or hidden. Accessing our libraries, programs, and services may look difficult or even feel intimidating from the perspective of patrons with disabilities. Often, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are taught to be compliant in order to receive even the most basic levels of acceptance and attention in our communities. This may result in them being afraid to ask for help, information, or even have access to the many resources our libraries offer. The fear creates a layer of complexity that many people with disabilities must face: A “Culture of Compliance.” This culture is both dangerous and demeaning, and it is a barrier to accessibility. This interactive webinar will explore, through interdisciplinary perspectives, the Culture of Compliance, and one very positive way we as library professionals can respond, called the Culture of Gentleness. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and reflect on these two very different cultural aspects of accessibility and deepen their appreciation for serving patrons with disabilities.
Academic Library staff will appreciate this webinar because it can sometimes be difficult to respond to challenging and changing ideas about accessibility when serving students and faculty with disabilities. The Culture of Compliance and the Culture of Gentleness may also look differently in various disciplines. Understanding these two cultural aspects can enhance academic environments where the people we serve can change significantly from one semester to the next.

Public Library staff will benefit from this webinar because in a public library setting, we often have patrons whose abilities and perspectives are very different from our own, but we still need to understand and serve them in an efficient and productive manner. Understanding the Culture of Compliance and the Culture of Gentleness can help improve our productivity and efficiency in making our libraries more accessible and welcoming.

School Librarians and Media Specialists will benefit from an opportunity to think about how we can develop and nurture positive and inclusive environments – and how a deeper understanding the Culture of Compliance and the Culture of Gentleness can make our libraries more accessible and can make our work more rewarding and meaningful.

Special Library staff will find this webinar helpful because it will provide an opportunity to consider how understanding the Culture of Compliance and the Culture of Gentleness can create more accessible environments and programs. This deeper understanding will benefit our libraries – and the people we serve.

Location: Web Based Training

Other Information:
 About the Presenter: Christine Drewel has a Ph.D. in American Studies, an M.A. in Comparative Religion, and a B.A. in English and Religious Studies. She has spent the majority of her career in higher education, teaching Humanities, Religion, Diversity in the United States, Educational Philosophy, and Writing at a variety of institutions in Michigan and Florida. She also has experience working with non-profit organizations and federal grant management, working to enhance services and resources for people with disabilities. She is a creativity and accessibility consultant, key note speaker, and presenter.

Contact: Aaron Blumberg
Contact Number: 2393136218
Presenter: Christine Drewe, PhD