Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help!
A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL on how small or rural libraries can provide services to community members experiencing homelessness, especially with limited access to resources, like a social worker.
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Homelessness means having no predictable and safe place to sleep. Libraries in rural and small communities are often a source of information and daytime shelter for individuals facing homelessness or housing insecurity. In an already busy library with limited resources, staff may be challenged to respond to the needs of these patrons and to cope with compassion fatigue. This webinar will provide practical insights on providing services to people who don't have stable housing. Learn how to create an environment that feels welcoming, informative and supportive, including ideas for reducing policy barriers. Learn how to host conversations that explore public perceptions, help to debunk myths around homelessness, and strengthen community ties.
This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
Presented by: Mallory Pillard, Director, Carnegie Public Library, Trinidad, CO; and Sara Zettervall, Founder, Whole Person Librarianship, and Community Engagement Librarian, Hennepin County Library, MN
- View Webinar Recording (You will be prompted to login to our free Course Catalog.)
- View slides (pdf)
- View chat (xls)
- View captions (txt)
- Learner Guide (doc) Use alone or with others to extend your learning.
- Reflective Activity for Library Staff (pdf)
- Association for Rural and Small Libraries
- WebJunction's extensive collection of Resources on Homelessness and Libraries (includes some info on social workers in libraries)
- Librarian talks issues surrounding homelessness at Council meeting, The Chronicle-News, Trinidad, CO.
- Whole Person Librarianship
- The Public, official trailer
- PBS Story, Library social worker helps homeless seeking quiet refuge, 2015
- Minnesota Homeless Study
- National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach
- City hosts conversation to address issues facing Trinidad like homelessness, addiction, The Chronicle-News, Trinidad, 12/19/17
- Coffee and Conversation presented by Jasmine Africawala in April, 2015 WebJunction webinar, The Community Connector: Referring Social Services at the Library
- IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness
- WebJunction’s Community Partnership and Collaboration Guide
- Libraries and Homeless Patrons on Facebook
- Infopeople course: Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness, begins March 6, 2018
- ALA 2018 Preconference: Whole Person Librarianship: Social Work Concepts for Social Justice Library Service
- Additional links shared in chat:
- Colorado State Library report: Removing Barriers to Access: Eliminating Library Fines and Fees on Children's Materials
- Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves
- Opioid Crisis: Libraries, Resources, Context and Data
- Webinar: Lunch at the Library
- Temporary women's shelter, Safe to Sleep
- Library Anchor Models for Bridging Diversity Achievements (LAMBDA) IMLS-funded project to provide continuing education and improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of library staff who are interested in creating programs that develop and improve services to homeless LGBTQA+ youth (University of Tennessee)
- The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone, by Ryan Dowd
- Preconference at PLA: A Social Worker Walks Into a Library: Bringing Social Work Services into Your Public Library
- Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness, Infopeople course. New cohort begins March 6, 2018!
- Information on Permanent Supportive Housing
21 February 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]
Webinar presenter Mallory Pillard
Webinar presenter Sara Zettervall
13 April 2020
29 April 2020