Supporting Student-Parents with Family Friendly Spaces at Academic Libraries

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Student-parents and caregivers face unique challenges accessing academic library spaces, which are often not designed with this population in mind. In this session, we will explore the needs of student-parents/caregivers and discuss how creating family friendly spaces, collections, and services can support these patrons. Practical advice will be given for creating your own family friendly space.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Understand the needs of campus caregivers as they relate to academic libraries.
Identify potential campus partners who can assist in supporting efforts related to campus caregivers.
Evaluate their own campus supports for campus caregivers in light of suggested interventions.


Laura Cameron is the Academic Services Librarian at North Central College. Prior to this role, she was the Education Librarian at the University of Arkansas for five years, and created the Family Study Space at the University of Arkansas Libraries.

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Academic library: 2 year
This webinar is presented in Eastern time.