The Ohio Health Sciences Library Association

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Libraries Lending Hope: Trauma Informed Libraries

Libraries and library staff are often on the front lines of many issues that deeply affect communities such as homelessness, hunger, addiction, unemployment, violence and healthcare.  Providing an oasis of hope for others can be challenging, but even small efforts can have a big impact. Dr. Harper will highlight how libraries can respond to trauma and need through programming and outreach. She will also discuss the "how to" aspect of lending hope through non-judgmental/non-evaluative service approaches, incorporating an ethic of care and specific suggestions for resources, programming, and staff training.

The CE portion of the program is modeled on the MLA Discussion Group Program, which provides an opportunity for participants to explore a topic of interest with other professionals and earn CE credit. Individuals may use MLA CE hours earned through the discussion group for AHIP credit.

Participants need to read the assigned articles (open link for the list in RefWorks) or as a PDF Harper-Reading-List.pdf in advance of the meeting and come prepared to engage in an interactive discussion. If you don't have access to the articles on the list please contact Don Pearson at He is organizing the continuing education initiative.

4.0 MLA CE contact hours will be offered.


Meghan Harper, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & K-12 School Library Media Concentration Coordinator
Kent State University, School of Library and Information Science


OhioNET (Columbus)
1500 West Lane Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43221

OHSLA Spring 2019 Meeting Handouts & Links

For the CE Program 

For the OHSLA Business Meeting


OHSLA, formed in 1994, is an organization dedicated to promoting knowledge sharing and congeniality amongst its members.

To that end, OHSLA:

  • provides an environment where YOU can make contacts with health science librarians throughout the state who can serve as mentors, confidants, problem solvers, supporters, you name it, the list is endless
  • offers inexpensive continuing education courses for YOUR personal and professional development
  • keeps YOU up to date with current happenings in the hospitals and health science academic institutions through the OHSLA Voice
  • makes available (to YOU) a discussion forum through the membership only listserv

YOU, too, can be part of this dynamic professional association!

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