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Event is Postponed - Community Collaborations
Monday, April 20, 2020, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
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UPDATE - Event is Postponed

Community Collaborations: The Library as a Social Service Nexus

UPDATE - Event is Postponed

Issues surrounding homelessness including addiction, food insecurity, domestic violence, and mental illness all require resources, and oftentimes the library acts as the community’s safety net. How can library professionals coordinate with agencies and local services in order to provide the best resources to their patrons? How can libraries best work to fill the social services need present in all libraries today?

In this workshop, a library social worker will help educate attendees on creating a welcoming space and working to better understand the trauma these patrons experience, and you will hear from representatives from the Ruth Ellis Center on how to best address the needs of homeless LGBTQ teens, as well as Christina Soulard from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

All attendees will also receive training on the opiate epidemic, including how to safely administer Naxolone.

Target Audience:

  • Part-time or full-time staff with a high degree of patron interaction
  • Programming leaders
  • Department heads, mid-level management, supervisors, deans, directors
  • Those with an interest in better understanding the social service needs within Michigan libraries


Jackson District Library – Carnegie Branch
244 W Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI, 49201    

Schedule at a Glance

8:30 – 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00am

Social Work and Trauma Informed Care in the Library
Tiffany Russell, Niles Public Library

10:00 – 10:15am


10:00 – 11:30am

Opioid Crisis Response Training
Nancy King, COPE Network

11:45am – 12:45pm

Homeless LGBTQ Youth
Angelika Lewis, Ruth Ellis Center

12:45 – 1:30pm


1:30 – 2:45pm

Afternoon Session
Christina Soulard, Homeless Solutions Manager, RAHS, Michigan State Housing Development Authority

2:45 – 3:00pm


2:30 – 3:30pm

Small Group Work/Role-playing

3:30 – 4:00pm

Round table discussions


Social Work and Trauma Informed Care in the Library 


Tiffany Russell
Niles Public Library

Opioid Crisis Response Training

This training includes how we got to the opioid crisis, understanding the neurobiology of addiction, underlying causes of substance use disorder, harm reduction concept, recognizing and responding to an overdose with naloxone. This information helps to put in perspective substance use disorder as a medical illness and why we need to have compassion and understand the illness. 

Nancy King
Cope Network

Homeless LGBTQ Youth

The core mission of the Ruth Ellis Center is the build positive futures for lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender, and questioning young people experiencing systemic and interpersonal barriers to housing, health, and wellness. Over a 18-year history, REC has established a national reputation for quality and innovation in providing trauma-informed services, and what began as a 500-square-foot safe space in Highland Park, MI has evolved into a 10,000-square foot multi-faceted organization, providing outreach and safety-net services, integrated primary & behavioral health care services and case management, skill-building workshops, HIV prevention programs, family preservation programming, and the only residential foster care program specifically for LGBTQ youth in the Midwest. Learn from Ruth Ellis Center staff about how to best help these young adults navigate into successful and flourishing adults.


Angelika Lewis
Ruth Ellis Center

Deepening the Partnership: Libraries and Homeless Services

With all the amazing benefits available to its patrons, it should come as no surprise that people experiencing homelessness – and those who are housing insecure – often seek refuge and access to critical resources at their local library. But how can communities leverage this point of connection to help move people toward housing? This session will provide an overview of how local homeless crisis response systems are designed and explore the ways in which libraries can be better supported as partners in communities’ efforts to end homelessness.


Christina Soulard
Michigan State Housing Development Authority      

Role-playing Interactive Session

Salt Lake City Public Library Director Chip Ward’s essay, ‘What They Didn’t Teach Us in Library School’ inspired the 2018 film ‘The Public” written, directed, and starring Emilio Estevez. The film centers around the Cincinnati Public Library’s role in the lives of many homeless patrons that regularly come through their doors. Chip has provided MLA with several real-life scenarios of the interactions between library staff and patrons with mental illness and other contributing factors of homelessness. In this portion of the day, we will break into small groups so we can work together to understand best practices of how to respond in these situations.

Registration Rates

Continental breakfast and lunch included with registration.

Early Bird Rates Expire Friday, March 27, 2020
Advanced registration rates expire Friday, April 10, 2020                     




Early Bird (3/27/2020)



Advanced (4/10/2020)






*subject to space limitations


Jackson District Library – Carnegie Branch
244 W Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI, 49201     


Free parking adjacent to the building. Parking entrance is on Pearl St.

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