What’s Essential When Serving Youth and Families in Crisis Times?
March 23, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
In the summer of 2020, 137 library staff from across the U.S. participated in a co-design process focused on how public libraries can serve non-dominant youth and families during times of crisis. This work led to the publication of a Field Guide designed to help public library staff prepare for crises by carrying out four essential tasks: learning about community, co-creating with community, assessing and iterating with community, and designing structures for community.
In this webinar, the facilitators of the co-design work, Dr. Mega Subramaniam and Linda W. Braun, will discuss what they learned about how libraries have been responding to current and past crises. They will explain the essential tasks library staff must engage in order to serve their communities successfully during times of crisis and prepare for crises that may occur in the future. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions about the Field Guide and the steps libraries should take to successfully serve their communities before, during, and after emergencies arise.