Friday, September 20 • 9:15am - 10:05am
Here to Help: The Trauma Sensitive Library at SPPL

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As librarians, we encounter major societal issues in our buildings on a daily basis. They are issues that go beyond the traditional scope of library work to include poverty, homelessness, unattended youth, mental health conditions, and more. As people who want to help, bearing witness to these problems weighs heavily. In 2018 SPPL was awarded an LSTA grant that enabled us to hire a full time social worker through the Wilder Foundation. The Library Social Worker rotates though 4 libraries with a high need of such services in their communities and a high need for staff member support. Staff members also engaged in an intensive training component around trauma. As the project has grown and evolved, so have we as individuals and as an organization. Join us as we share what’s worked, what hasn’t worked, and where the project is going in the future.


Katrina Hartz Taylor

Public Service Manager, Saint Paul Public Library
Katrina Hartz Taylor, Public Services Manager for the Saint Paul Public Library, has worked in public libraries for over 16 years. Over the past 10 years, she’s managed library branches and partnered with a variety of organizations to connect library users with needed services... Read More →

Ruby Rivera

Ruby Rivera is the Library Social Worker for the Saint Paul Public Libraries. She is contracted through the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul. She has worked with diverse populations in multiple settings, including substance abuse, education, and the social service field. She... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Waconia 5

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