Make the Academic Library a Safe Space…Literally
By Steven Bell on September 6, 2016
As the guardians of a facility that welcomes all community members, academic librarians believe in the value of the library as a safe space. Keeping it safe, literally, takes effort. Knowing how to prepare and proceed can help.
If they choose to do so, academic librarians can be advocates on their own campuses to promote the library as a safe space for all students, as well as members of the public. As librarian educators, they can decide how to maintain the safety of library learning spaces. The nature of the conversation and the time of year have me thinking about another dimension of safety–making sure the academic library is a space that is free of crime and violence.
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