Libraries Lending Hope: Trauma-Informed Service

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When people are hurting, the key to recovery of any kind is hope--hope for something better, hope for lasting change. Libraries often find themselves on the frontline of many societal issues from addiction, to homelessness, to hunger, to unemployment. As our communities struggle in the grip of these challenges, hope can be hard to come by. Sometimes you need to borrow it, and the library can be a place to find it.

In this presentation, Dr. Meghan Harper will discuss the ways in which libraries can make small changes that have a big impact. This session will highlight how trauma-informed libraries can implement programming, initiate outreach, and equip librarians to better serve communities. Attendees to this session will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss examples of non-judgmental/non-evaluative service tactics
  • Learn about the importance of including an ethic of care in all we do
  • Explore suggested resources for programming, staff training, and more



March 14th, 2019 2:00 PM   through   3:00 PM
Phone: 1-800-686-8975
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
OhioNET members $ 0.00
Non-members $ 45.00
Webinar Event
Webinar Key 4323462635523906049
Archived Webinar Link
Event Details
Presenter Name Dr. Meghan Harper
Presenter Background

Meghan Harper, Ph.D., has been an iSchool faculty member since 2001. She currently serves as the MLIS program coordinator as well as the school library media concentration coordinator. Harper is co-director of the Virginia Hamilton Multicultural Literature Conference, the longest running national conference of its kind, and has published numerous articles, chapters, manuscripts and reviews relating to her research interests, which include school library administration, facility design, multiliteracies, care-based practices, electronic portfolios, cataloging, evaluation and assessment. Harper is also the author of Reference Sources and Services for Youth and has two more books slated for publication. She received the Presidential Award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association in 2013. You can read more about her at

Series Name Cultivating Connections
Who Should Attend Library staff members with responsibilities in outreach and programming, those that provide front-line service, or anyone with an interest in the topic.
CE Contact Hours 1

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