Hello public librarians!
I am the public library representative on the VLA Board. I’m putting together a panel discussion called Librarian as Social Worker, which was how I described my job after arriving at work and finding a young adult (who was a recently discharged veteran) sleeping on the library steps. After discussions with colleagues, I realized I wasn’t alone in feeling overwhelmed by the increase in our patrons’ needs. In the past year or so, patrons have needed more information relating to health and human services, rather than reader’s advisory. Whether it’s a question about emergency heating assistance or a child you fear is being abused, librarians are increasingly working with patrons who are in crisis.
The panel will be made up of members of local and state agencies who will discuss their organizations and how librarians can best use their resources. VT 211 will have a representative on each panel. There will be time for Q & A.
Panels will be held at two locations: Friday April 9th at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre and Monday April 26th at the Hartland Public Library, 10:00 –1:00 PM (coffee at 9:30.) Please bring a bag lunch. I’m also looking for real-life examples to provide to the panelists. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-649-1184.