Learning About Co-Design: A Path to Social Justice and Equity in Libraries - Long Beach

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In-Person | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Working Lunch

Library workers want to put their DEI values into action through their programs and services. But how do you make that happen? This session will prepare you to co-design with your community by introducing both foundational concepts and practical tools. You'll work through some real-world challenges and common questions, then participate in a co-design session to develop a statewide toolkit.

This  in-person, half-day workshop will provide library workers with both an understanding of theory and hands-on practice with co-design.

Learning objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate why co-design is important to social justice and equity in libraries

  • Use an asset-based community development perspective to build authentic community knowledge and relationships as a foundation for co-design

  • Apply co-design perspectives and practices to a variety of practical library scenarios

  • Contribute to a statewide guide supporting co-design implementation in libraries

Presenter Bio: Dr. Audrey Barbakoff is a passionate public library leader, consultant, speaker, and author. She has over a decade of experience as a librarian and manager in public libraries, ranging from a tiny rural library in Connecticut to a 50-branch system in Washington state. Her innovative library work has been recognized by Library Journal Movers & Shakers, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal "40 Under 40", the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the Urban Libraries Council. Holding a doctorate in organizational change and leadership, her dissertation research focused on building capacity for equity, diversity, and inclusion in public libraries through community-led planning. This served as the foundation for her innovative CoLaB (Community Led Capacity-Building) process, soon to be featured in her forthcoming book Twelve Steps to a Community-Led Library.

Note: This workshop is targeted toward all library workers.

If you have questions about this event contact CALL (call@cla-net.org). DO NOT contact the hosting library for event information.


Address of Hosting Library:

Long Beach Public Library - Michelle Obama Branch
5870 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90805

Lunch Provided

Travel and Parking Information:

  • The library will be closed to the public at the time of this workshop. A CALL or Library staff member will meet you at the door to let you in.
  • Ample free lot and street parking is available.

Travel Reimbursement Information:

  • We highly encourage carpooling when possible (If you carpool there can only be one mileage claim per carpool.)
  • Reimbursements are for those traveling 50 miles roundtrip or more.
  • Reimbursements are not allowed when using government or city cars.
  • Reimbursements are for mileage at $ .67 per mile. Or cost of car rental + gas.
  • Attendees will receive a working lunch during the workshop. Other food and refreshment costs will not be reimbursed.
  • Reimbursement requests will be processed after your attendance at the event, a sign in sheet will be provided.
  • Reimbursement forms will be emailed to attendees at the end of the event.
  • Reimbursements are for library staff.