Libraries are for everyone. Inclusion and accessibility are at the very heart of libraries' mission, and librarians are playing an essential role in facilitating the full participation of people with disabilities in society.

No one exemplifies this mission more than JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian at the University Library of the University of Illinois.  We recently spoke with him about the value of embedding the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion into his work and learned more about projects he’s undertaken, including the development of a series of disability libguides, the creation of reflection rooms for students, and his work with special populations, like veterans.

As a disability rights...


By Krista S. Kano, courtesy of Record-Courier

Although many Portage County (Ohio) school districts are working toward one-to-one technology within their buildings to prepare their students for an increasingly tech-driven future, some students may be lagging behind their peers due to lack of access to computers and internet when they go home.

According to an Associated Press analysis of census data, an estimated 17 percent of U.S. students do not have access to computers at home and 18 percent do not have home access to broadband internet.

In Portage, about 10.47 percent of households do not have internet; 11.47 percent do not have computers, tablets or smartphones;...


By Andrew Giambrone, courtesy of DC Curbed.

The city is hosting a series of collection events through December

On June 15, the District of Columbia will kick off a series of events where residents and businesses can recycle their used electronics at public libraries. The Benning/Dorothy I. Height Library at 3935 Benning Road NE and the Chevy Chase Library at...


Jennifer Patterson loves libraries. She always has, she says.

Now, she’s Oregon’s state librarian — the person in charge of supporting every library in the state, as well as managing the State Library and helping legislators and state agencies with research, reference materials and anything else a library can provide.

“What I love about libraries is that they provide access,” Patterson said. “They’re all about providing access to everyone … and to anyone who is interested in either the entertainment value that libraries can bring...