"Not Just for Public Libraries: Urban Librarianship is a Thing at Temple University Libraries" 

Your Name and Title:

Justin Hill, Department Head, Access Services


Library, School, or Organization Name:

Temple University Libraries


Co-Presenter Name(s):

John Oram, Stacks Supervisor, Access Services

Emily Schiller, Circulation Supervisor, Access Services


Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Language in Which You Will Present:



Target Audience(s):

Library Professionals

Academic Professionals

General Public


Short Session Description (one line):

Temple University Libraries serves an urban institution in a high-poverty, high-digital divide community. Learn how an academic library can contribute to the betterment of its community through innovative, traditional and technology-driven services.


Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Urban librarianship happens in many settings, including academic libraries.  Temple University Libraries is a model for community engaged service delivery and its community programming has a footprint of dozens of zip codes from which our non-affiliated patrons come for personalized assistance seven days a week. This matters in a city where the public libraries are closed on nights and weekends.  

We are an academic library that assists with job searching, resume creation, applying for aid, housing, self-publishing, and more. The general public can access free wifi, printing, computer use, scanning, digital resources, basic technology assistance, and borrowing privileges for access to the print collection. 

We partner with university offices to promote professional advancement and digital literacy in the North Philadelphia community and partner with the Free Library of Philadelphia for specialized programs, such as library card sign ups and joint training.

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