The presenters have approached this project with a feminist lens and would present on the importance of having an inclusive lactation space. This poster presents a case study of a lactation space created in an academic library.
A lactation room is a private space for people to express milk. The United States Department of Labor has laws that protect employees’ rights to express milk in private. Students are not often covered under this law, so it is vital to provide a sanitary and inviting space. The lactation room from this case study was created and designed for anyone on campus who did not have access to such a space. This poster will argue the connection between lactation spaces and student success initiatives.
The presenters reviewed existing literature, investigated current conversations on social media, examined policies, and visited campus lactation spaces. During this process, the presenters discovered that there is a shortage of information about lactation spaces in libraries, making this conversation incredibly impactful for our field.
This poster will present specific considerations for developing a lactation space, including the importance of using inclusive language. The presenters will provide information on required elements of a lactation space, as well as additional components that can contribute to a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere. The poster will include suggested readings and tools for anyone interested in taking on a similar project, as well as examples of assessment that has been used in the lactation space and any preliminary results.
Charissa Powell– Student Success Librarian, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Lizeth Zepeda– Student Success Librarian, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Anna Sandelli– Student Success Librarian for User Experience & Instructional Assessment , University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Holly Dean– University of Tennessee, Knoxville