Places that Care For People: Public Libraries and Trauma

Objavljeno: 21. travnja 2022.

Vrijeme održavanja: 5. svibnja 2022. 01:00 PM (vremenska zona Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb)


Presentation 1Trauma in the Library: Findings To-date about PTSD among Public Library Staff and Methods for Ensuring Trauma-Informed Care.

Trauma-informed care for library patrons is a growing movement, however, what about workplace trauma experienced by library staff?We share findings to-date regarding our IMLS-funded study “Trauma in the Library: Symptoms of PTSD Among Staff and Methods for Ensuring Trauma-Informed Care.” The project goals are: 1) to identify the types of post-traumatic symptoms experienced by library staff in diverse library settings where violence and other trauma has occurred; 2) to conduct a national online survey, interviews and fish bowls to ascertain the extent of workplace-related PTSD symptoms on staff and their awareness of existing resource help; 3) to identify trauma-informed care tools, policy and procedures that libraries can implement; and 4) create trauma-informed care for library staff curricula for teaching in MLIS programs.The outcomes include the first comprehensive baseline study of library workplace-related PTSD symptoms, tools for supporting library staff who experience those symptoms, and curricular materials for sharing across LIS schools and professional associations. Cognizant that some discussion may be triggering for participants, the speakers include a trauma specialist (Masters of Social Work) and participants will be provided with help resources.


      • Dr. Karen E. Fisher, Professor, Information School, University of Washington
      • Lauren Alexa Gambrill MSW, Research Coordinator II, Information School, University of Washington

Presentation 2: Crises May Be Just the Opportunities for Transformations. How Public Libraries Have Been Serving Their User Communities Since the Pandemic Hit the United States

This presentation will comprise of  three discussions:1) Ms. Hobbs will discuss the community-first specialized services developed and delivered during the pandemic at the public libraries in the U.S.A.2) Ms. Bricker will discuss a content analytical study investigating whether the readability levels of the COVID-19 health information in English distributed by the CDC and the WHO supports the health information access activities of adults from the general public in the U.S.A.3) Dr. Tu-Keefner will discuss the lessons learned from examining the research and practices regarding disaster information services to the local communities during the pandemic and will make recommendations for future considerations. She will also conclude the presentation.


      • April Hobbs/M.L.I.S/Charleston County Public Library, Charleston, South Carolina
      • Abby Bricker/B.S, R.N./ School of Information Science, University of South Carolina
      • Feili Tu-Keefner, Ph.D., M.L.I.S, School of Information Science, University of South Carolina

Presentation 3:  Immigrant Children And Youth In Libraries.  Oulu City Library Case Study


      • Ms. Mervi Vaara Head of Reading Services Oulu City Library
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