Your Name and Title: Melissa Glenn, Health and Social Services Coordinator

Library, School, or Organization Name: King County Library System

Co-Presenter Name(s): Therese Paxton, Certified Peer Counselor

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Washington state

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Leadership/management, Librarians, Information Services staff

Short Session Description (one line): Learn about the Peer Services Specialist role, including how Peers can be incorporated into the library staff team to ensure patron’s social service-related needs are met sensitively and effectively.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): Peers in Libraries is an innovative approach to meeting patron’s social service-related needs. Peer Services Specialists are stationed in urban libraries, available to assist with resource navigation, referral, and connection. Peers use their lived experience with mental illness, substance use, homelessness, and/or criminal justice system involvement to build rapport and offer hope.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: N/A


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