Refugees’ Digital Equity, Inclusion, and Access in Public Libraries: A Narrative Review
Steffanie Baseley, Sarah Borgolini, Danny Cervantes, Nicklesh Sagran, and Jessica Stoner, 2022 Showcase
: This narrative literature review on digital equity and library services for Ukrainian refugees discusses the issues refugees from Ukraine may encounter and makes recommendations for public librarians in the United States based on the current literature. Concepts discussed include the role of information and communication technology, skills and training for library staff, and the importance of cultural competence in providing services to refugee populations. What do library professionals need to know to respond, in equity-focused ways, to the information needs of refugees?
Citation: Stoner, J., Sagran, N., Cervantes, D., Baseley, S., & Borgolini, S. (2022). Refugees’ Digital Equity, Inclusion, and Access in Public Libraries: A Narrative Review. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-Journal). https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/7219
Steffanie Baseley has been working in public libraries for 6 years and is currently an Early Literacy Librarian in northern Illinois.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sarah Borgolini now resides in a small rural town near the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She divides her time between graduate studies and being a stay-at-home mom to four children ranging in ages from 2 to 15. Sarah graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Norfolk State University, where she focused her studies on Social Justice and Social Inequality. She has also gained knowledge and skills from courses completed in systems analysis, information technology, and technical writing. Prior work experience has been in customer service focused roles in a variety of settings. Currently Sarah will be completing her MLIS in December 2022 and hopes to bring her unique skill set and knowledge to a career in an innovative and exciting role within public librarianship.
Danny Cervantes (they/them) is a student at San Jose State’s iSchool, currently enrolled in the Master’s program for library and information science. Danny is also an archivist at the Riverside County’s Robert J. Fitch Archives. They received their B.A. in history from Cal State San Bernardino, with a focus on subaltern history.
Nicklesh Sagran: I am heading into my final semester at SJSU and plan to graduate at the end of the Fall 2022 semester. I currently work full time as a library assistant at the Livermore Public Library. I manage the Library of Things collection, and design STEM classes for grades 1-5. I have experience in any department of a library but hope to become a youth librarian upon graduation.
Jessica Stoner is a current SJSU student and an Air Force Research Laboratory Library Technician.