In each EqualAccess state, the program will be a partnership between Libraries for the Future
, local funders, participating library systems, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
A key component of EqualAccess Libraries is Access Skills, a curriculum developed by Libraries for the Future
to strengthen librarians' capacities for community outreach, coalition building, public awareness, and advocacy.
Family Place's core goal is to make libraries a warm, friendly place for infants, toddlers, parents and caregivers," says Liz Gordon, national director of Libraries for the Future
Libraries for the future
has released a short booklet on maintaining equity of access in the digital age.
Driven initially by the vision of Dan Atkins, dean of the School of Information at the University of Michigan, this initiative expanded to include at least three other schools of library and information science (including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), the American Library Association, the Urban Libraries Council, Libraries for the Future
, the Council on Library Resources, Harvard University, a school for disabled children, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library, among others.