Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Serving the Demands of Democracy The critical role of libraries in ensuring the full civic participation of a diverse population

Highlights the role of Dr. Carla D. Hayden in standing for Equity of Access.

As librarians strive to ensure “equity of access,” the key initiative of the 2003-2004 ALA president, Dr. Carla D. Hayden, director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md., underscores this goal: At a time when our public is challenged on multiple fronts, we need to recommit ourselves to the ideal of providing equal access to everyone, anywhere, anytime, and in any format. We need to pay particular attention to those groups who are already underserved, such as residents of rural and urban America, senior citizens and the disabled. By finally embracing equity of access we will be affirming our core valves, recognizing realities, and assuring our future.--Dr. Carla D. Hayden, ALA President 2003-2004.

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