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Libraries and Veterans National Forum Toolkit
Tuesday, June 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Veterans, service members, and their families can be found in virtually any library across the country. Due to their military connections, these patrons can have unique needs.For example, student veterans who are deployed overseas during the semester may need expanded access to online resources, or veterans in public libraries may need information about eligibility for VA benefits. To support these populations effectively, libraries may need to cultivate new partnerships, such as with campus veterans centers, local veteran service organizations, and county or state VA officials. Although many librarians recognize the importance of supporting the veterans in their libraries and communities, getting started with this work can be challenging. Librarians may have difficulty navigating the confusing jargon of the military and VA, lack connections for building new collaborations, or just not know where to get started.
The Libraries & Veterans National Forum Toolkit is intended to make it easier for librarians to support the veteran and military-affiliated communities, whether they are just getting started with this work or have long-standing programs. The Toolkit contains ideas for programs, services, exhibits, and other resources contributed by experienced librarians from all types of libraries. Librarians can browse the toolkit to find examples of materials used for veteran-related displays, authors for author talks and book clubs, furnishings and layouts for veteran study spaces, strategies for orientation presentations, and much more.
Sarah Lemire, Librarians & Veterans National Forum Toolkit, Project Director and Dawn La Valle, Forum Affinity Group Leader will introduce state libraries to the Toolkit and engage attendees in the toolkit as well as provide the opportunity to brainstorm for additional contributions.
Sarah LeMire, United States Army veteran and the Coordinator of First-Year Programs at the Texas A&M University Libraries. She is interested in information literacy instruction, assessment, scalability of instruction and outreach, and outreach to special populations, especially veterans.
Dawn La Valle, United States Marine Corps veteran and Director, Division of Library Development, CT State Library. Dawn is focused on democratizing the Natural Foresight for librarians.