According to Higher Education Today, "the 21st century college student population is the most diverse in our nation’s history, characterized by the intersection of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, family composition, age, and economic status among others."
The people at our libraries and on our campuses look less and less like the "traditional" 18-21 year old residential college student. As a result, we need to ensure that our services and spaces meet the needs of these intersectional and traditionally underserved learners.
This Library UX Chicago event was held on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 1pm-4pm at DePaul University's Richardson Library to explore projects and strategies for meeting the diverse needs of learners including returning adults, first generation college students, and international students.
This event included presentations from Chicago-area library colleagues along with discussion on ways libraries are exploring issues of inclusivity and access.
Demystifying the Library: Removing Barriers to Research Libraries for First-Generation Students. Rebecca Starkey, University of Chicago
Intrusive Librarianship: Arrupe College. Annette Alvarado, Loyola University
The Cost of Classes is Too Damn High: Library Efforts to help Students Who Can't Afford to be Students. Chris Davidson, Northwestern University
Partnering for Social Justice: Libraries Working with Others to Reach Out to Diverse Communities. Kathy Ladell, Northern Illinois University