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Reiman, Kara
Tue, 25 Jan 2022 14:35:29 +0000
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We Are NOT Okay: Library Worker Trauma Before and During COVID-19 and What Happens After
Date: February 8, 2022, at 1 pm ET

Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event... Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.
-- American Psychological Association

The emotional investment that many library workers have in the profession and the community expectations regarding the library's pandemic response have left many library workers experiencing trauma with very few places to turn for support. This perfect storm of circumstances has made it clear: library staff are at a crisis point.
This webinar for ALL library workers - frontline staff, managers, and library directors - will serve as a convening to discuss the impact trauma has on library staff, work toward addressing the necessary systemic change and need for a cultural shift, and explore potential individual, organizational, and industry response strategies. Join us to consider how libraries might rethink delivery of essential library services to communities in need while ensuring a safe environment and resources to support personal well-being for staff.

Panelists Include:
Leah Esguerra - Social Worker Supervisor, San Francisco Public Library
Michelle Jeske - City Librarian, Denver Public Library
Andrea Lemoins - Outreach Coordinator, Free Library of Philadelphia
Christian Zabriskie - Library Director, Onondaga County Public Libraries.
Moderator-  Veronda Pitchford, Assistant Director, Califa

This webinar will be recorded and available the following day on the Infopeople Webinar Archives page:<>
Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button on this page<>. You will receive an email with login information and a reminder email the day before the event.

Katherine Barnhart
Project Coordinator
COSLA - Chief Officers of State Library Agencies
201 E. Main St., Suite 1405, Lexington, Kentucky 40507
P: (859) 4695802 | [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>|<>
Office Hours: M-TH 9-5pm | F 9-12pm

Kara Reiman (she/her)
Children's Literacy Specialist
Maine State Library

Maine ALA Councilor