Library, School, or Organization Name: Houston Public Library

Co-Presenter Name(s): Garrette Smith

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Houston, Texas

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Library staff

Short Session Description (one line): Launching Community Resource Center team at the Library.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): This presentation will give an overview of the structuring of a social service team - HPL Community Resource Center within the Houston Public Library. This unique team was specifically designed to focus on improving the lives of library customers, by connecting them to community resources that can effectively address their needs. It describes the social service module explored within the system and the social aspects focused on in efforts to foster a more united community support for all.

Outline of topics that will be addressed:

  1. Overview of Social services: what is it? How can it benefit the community?
  2. Joining HPL and evaluation of services offered to customers.

2a. Identifying demographic needs from a social services perspective.

  1. Interviewing other library systems that offer social services.
  2. Building HPL plan for the HPL Community Resource Center.

4a. Develop partnerships / rekindle old partnerships

4b. Provide training for team.

4c. Host open house to introduce services and staff.

4d. Offer on-site services.

4e. Host first annual Mental Health Awareness fair.

5.  Plans for the future



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