Recently, we at the State Library created a circulating Big Red Resource Kit focusing on the topic of homelessness in our communities. It is a kit to help library staff learn more about this human condition, and learn how better to create programming and bring together resources that will provide aid and assistance to people experiencing homelessness and the community they live in.
However, we have made available other resources as well to help library staff better engage and support their communities around this topic. On April 21st, 2015, as part of our CSL In Session web series, we hosted a webinar titled: Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness. This webinar included discussion from Amelia Shelley (Garfield County Library District), Elissa Hardy (Denver Public Library), Dana Scott (Colorado Department of Education), Zac Schaffner (Colorado State Governors Office), and Jacqueline Murphy (Colorado State Library) and has been archived for availability today.
Note: Unfortunately, the recording was started a few minutes late, but all of the slides are available in the resources below.
The presenters discuss how libraries across the state are developing services, policies, and procedures to ensure individuals, families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness in their communities have access the information and services they need to stay connected.
Check out this session and see what ideas it might provide for you to help you better serve your community. Do you already have programs and policies in place regarding the homeless population in your community? Please share what you are doing and what you have experienced and learned with others in this forum, and lets continue to grow and learn from each other.