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Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting and Conversation

Sunday, January 26, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, US/Eastern

Please make plans to attend the Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting and Conversation at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.

Sunday, January 26, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center 202A 

Conversation Topic: Libraries and Poverty

ALA’s Policy Statement “Library Services to the Poor” states that “it is crucial that libraries recognize their role in enabling poor people to participate fully in a democratic society, by utilizing a wide variety of available resources and strategies.” What policies, services and programs do you think libraries should be implementing to respond to the crisis of increasing economic inequality and the needs of low-income people in the communities we serve?

For those interested, here are two readings to give our conversation a shared point of departure:

Classism in the Stacks: Libraries and Poverty

2005 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture by Sanford Berman


Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement