on June 18, 2021 Library Education Webinars

Webinar: Community Homelessness: What Can Libraries Do?

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Originally presented June 16, 2021

Community homelessness exists across the United States, in rural, suburban and urban areas.

In this webinar, Julie Ann Winkelstein will give a brief overview of who is unhoused, the numerous ways community members experience homelessness, some basic statistics and facts about US homelessness, and insights into its impact on people’s lives, including daily trauma.

Building on this, she will offer suggestions for actions library staff can take, and provide specific examples of the various ways in which libraries are addressing the physical, emotional and practical needs of their unhoused community members.

Participants will come away with an understanding of the role of libraries in addressing homelessness, the critical importance of partnerships, and an action plan template, to help them move forward as they respond to the life challenges of this sometimes invisible, frequently underserved population. 

Libraries Unlimited is pleased to offer a special 20% discount on Julie’s book, Libraries and Homelessness: An Action Guide, to webinar attendees on direct orders through abc-clio.com

Enter promo code NICHE at checkout to apply your discount. Offer ends 6/30/21. 

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Click the link below to download the presentation slides:
Community Homelessness Slides

Click the links below to download additional resources from Julie: 
Glossary of Terms
Recommended Resources
Library Self-Assessment Checklist
Action Planning Template

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Julie Ann Winkelstein

Julie Ann Winkelstein was a public librarian for 20 years, working in jails and prisons, family literacy, on a bookmobile and in a branch as a young adult and children’s librarian. She received her PhD in 2012 and her dissertation focused on the role of libraries in the lives of unhoused LGBTQ+ youth. She created and teaches a library school course, “The Role of Libraries in Addressing Homelessness and Poverty,” and her book, Libraries and Homelessness: An Action Guide, is forthcoming from Libraries Unlimited in July 2021. Julie is the co-chair of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty Task Force and the co-editor of the SRRT newsletter. Julie’s published chapters, articles, conference presentations, and guest speaking all focus on the intersection of social justice and libraries.

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