It can be tempting to look around and claim that our society is experiencing a shortage of empathy and compassion. If so, there’s no better opportunity for librarians to help students both learn about these qualities and put them into practice.
Veteran librarians Peter Langella and Meg Boisseau Allison have created an action plan that helps students travel the path from ignorance and apathy to compassionate action. In their SLC article “Empathy and Equity in Library Programming,” Langella and Allison describe what they experienced when they brought new literature, new policies, and new mindsets into their school communities. From highlighting diversity through fresh readings and discussions to creating social justice clubs, learn how these experts created innovative new ways to teach empathy—and strengthen their communities in the process.
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