Your Name and Title: Dr. Julie Ann Winkelstein

The Role of Libraries in Addressing Homelessness and Poverty

Library, School, or Organization Name: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: California, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Public librarians/library staff, library school students, library school faculty, academic librarians/library staff

Short Session Description (one line): This session provides an overview and specific examples from a summer 2018 library school class, entitled “The Role of Libraries in Addressing Homelessness and Poverty.”

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): In this session I’ll discuss the syllabus, readings, activities, assignments and student work from a new 2018 library school class titled “The Role of Libraries in Addressing Homelessness and Poverty.” This class provides a model for the kind of information needed by library staff, as well as examples of the outstanding and passionate responses from the students as they created individual Action Plans based on the needs of their communities, their libraries and potential community partners.

This session offers library staff, as well as library school instructors, insights into ways in which libraries can work with their local communities to actively address homelessness and poverty. The role of libraries in addressing societal challenges like these is one that hasn’t received much specific attention in library schools and this fact has left many who are addressing these challenges on a daily basis without the necessary vocabulary, background and tools. This session will highlight specific action steps libraries can take, keeping in mind that each library and community is unique.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: https://www.sis.utk.edu/section/590-problems-information-sciences-14

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