Friday, May 17, 2019

The Spring 2019 OHSLA meeting will be held at OhioNET in Columbus. Register Now


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.

3.0-4.0 MLA CE contact hours will be awarded


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



Meghan Harper, Ph.D., is a Kent State University iSchool faculty member and currently serves as the MLIS program coordinator as well as the school library media concentration coordinator. She is also the co-director of the Virginia Hamilton Multicultural Literature Conference, the longest running national conference of its kind. Harper is the author of Reference Sources and Services for Youth and has published numerous articles, chapters, manuscripts and reviews relating to her research interests in school library administration, facility design, multiliteracies, care-based practices, electronic portfolios, cataloging, evaluation and assessment. She received the Presidential Award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association in 2013.

OHSLA Spring 2019 Meeting Handouts & Links

For the CE Program 

For the OHSLA Business Meeting


1500 West Lane Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43221
Main Phone:  (800) 686-8975

Directions to OhioNET and current traffic


Free parking is available under the building and in the parking lot. Street parking is also available in front of the building, on Vassar Place and College Hill Dr.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided

Entrée Choices for Lunch (comes with water and sides):

  • Napa Valley salad - Baby spinach, baby arugula, red grapes, walnuts, teardrop peppers & goat cheese with Gorgonzola white balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Grilled Chicken Garden salad- Romaine, spring mix, grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, carrot & croutons with balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Turkey & Swiss sandwich - Turkey, Swiss, leaf lettuce, tomato & Dijon mustard on multigrain.
  • Portabella Mushroom sandwich - Grilled portabella, zucchini, roasted red peppers, baby kale with goat cheese & red pepper hummus on focaccia.


If you need overnight accommodations, there is a Homewood Suites next door. A number of other hotels are also near Lane Ave. and the OSU Campus.

Past Presenters

Each OHSLA meeting features an opportunity to earn continuing education by attending a class led by a qualified professional in the health sciences field. For a list of past presenters and topics, visit our Past Presenters page.

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