We all know libraries and their services are supposed to be available to everyone. It’s even in Wisconsin law that public libraries have to be accessible to people with “special needs.”
But how can we predict which special needs we need to accommodate? … or which unique combinations of barriers and assets people will need us to address?
The Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries is meant to be your roadmap for these issues. To see what we mean by this, watch this short video about how one library navigated inclusive services.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) encourages use of these tools as part of strategic planning and community engagement.
For more information, view DPI’s Inclusive Services webpage, or contact:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction