British Columbia Library Association

BCLA Perspectives: The Library Barriers Issue is here!

Have you ever wondered about how your library’s open hours compare to the bank or a coffee shop, or why that matters? What about the experiences of transgender colleagues in their interactions with patrons?

The Library Barriers issue is now available online: https://bclaconnect.ca/perspectives/category/volume-11-2019/issue-3-the-barriers-issue/

This issue features just a sliver of barriers found in public and academic libraries, in-person and online. The issue begins with a discussion of the barriers identified through BCLA’s Professional Learning and Assessment survey. The following stories offer a more in-depth look at some of those barriers, as well as others, and includes examples of what BC libraries are doing to overcome obstacles or better serve their patrons in regards to barriers. In addition, many of these stories address the professional barriers experienced by library workers, from precarious employment to educational requirements and non-inclusive gender policies.