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Providing Trauma-Informed Services in Small and Rural Libraries

November 17, 2020 All day

In addition to the scheduled sessions, the instructor will resources, examples, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied as you work to adopt a trauma-informed approach to meeting the needs of your small or rural community. During the course, you will participate in discussion forums, with an opportunity to share your experiences and questions, alongside others who are working in small and rural libraries. Through assignments, you will apply the concepts to your own library and community. Application to register.

In recent years, many have realized the importance of better understanding the effects of trauma. When the library services we provide are informed by a basic knowledge of how traumatic experiences and traumatic stress may impact the people we are serving, things are likely to turn out better. However, while more libraries are adding social workers to their staff, those in small and rural libraries may be wondering how they can adopt a trauma-informed approach, without access to the resources that a larger library or a library in an urban community may have.