Talking to the media after Monday’s tragic shooting, San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis said, “Far too often in our country and throughout the world, we gather to report this news of tragic events that take place.” Coping with traumatic events is an all-too-common thing. How can libraries help communities and individuals who are dealing with tragedy and trauma? How can we best respond to community needs in times of crisis?
One place to start is by better understanding trauma and its effects on people and on society. Earlier this year, Elissa Hardy, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Community Resource Specialist at Denver Public Library, delivered an Infopeople webinar titled, Trauma Informed Services in the Library: Understanding and Serving our Community. In the session, Hardy discussed how libraries are directly impacted by the trauma and stress carried by the communities they serve and provides advice for serving with compassion. You can access the recorded webinar at https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=645.
Libraries can be a safe and supportive place and resource for those who have experienced trauma. Are there other resources that you would recommend to those who work in libraries and who are working to compassionately serve their communities? Please share in the comments below.