|One in a series of images by librarian blogger Hafuboti|
Imagine the delight and inspiration that these images provided to the group of Wisconsin library and system staff gathered for the DPI-sponsored "Inclusive Services Retreat." The debut of this series aligned perfectly with the two-day retreat that I convened in February. The focus of this intense and intimate working meeting was to delve into the concept of inclusion and its role in the services of Wisconsin public libraries, regional library systems, and the state library agency (DPI).
As discussed in 2 previous blog posts, What Does It Mean to Be Inclusive? and For Whom Library
|Libraries are for Everyone in ASL|
In the coming months and years, you can expect to see professional learning and sharing opportunities related to inclusive services on multiple fronts. In the meantime, I urge you to consider how you know, or don't know, that your library is for everyone.
I would also like to publicly thank the retreat participants who helped guide the initial direction that inclusive services in Wisconsin libraries will take. My deep appreciation, in alphabetical order, goes out to:
- Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System
- Bruce Gay, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
- Sharon Grover, Arrowhead Library System
- Lara Lakari, Stephenson Public Library (Marinette)
- Leah Langby, Indianhead Federated Library System
- Sherry Machones, Northern Waters Library Service
- Angela Meyers, Bridges Library System
- Jill Miatech, Kenosha Public Library
- Becky Petersen, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System
- Marcia Sarnowski, Winding Rivers Library System
- Shannon Schultz, Public Library Development Team
- Joy Schwarz, Winnefox Library System
- Holly Smith, Monarch Library System
- Vickie Stangel, Dodgeville Public Library
- Kris Adams Wendt, Wisconsin Valley Library Service.
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team