URC Brown Bag Series: Trauma-Informed Practices for Library Services

Date: 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This workshop will discuss trauma-informed practices (TIP) as they relate to our work in the library.  Discussions will include basic principles of TIP, ways they can be implemented in our interactions with patrons and with each other, how we communicate about programs and services, and how we develop library policies with trauma-informed practices in mind. This workshop will focus on helping participants develop a toolbox of principles to apply in different contexts to create a better and more inclusive workplace. If you have policies or practices from your specific job that you want to workshop, please bring them to the session as there will be plenty of time for small and large group discussion.

Presenters

Kai Fay is a Discovery & Access Strategic Projects Manager at Harvard Library. Their interests include trauma-informed practice, storytelling, and the intersections of cultural heritage and book history.

Dr. Kisha Tracy is Associate Professor of English Studies, specializing in early British and world literatures, as well as Chair of the General Education Program Area at Fitchburg State University. Her research interests and publications focus on medieval disability, especially mental health, and higher education pedagogy.

Olivia Sederlund is Head of Technical Services at the Goodnow Library in Sudbury, MA.  She holds an MSLIS and MSEd in History Education from Simmons University.  She is especially interested in applying Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles to cataloging practices.

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The presentation will be held from 12:00-1:00 PM on Zoom. Zoom meeting information will be sent via email once you register.

Open to all Harvard affiliates. Please RSVP for the event below. If you have any questions, please contact libraryux@harvard.edu.

Accommodation Statement: Persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations or have questions may contact the User Research Center at libraryux@harvard.edu in advance of the event.