[Libs-Or] Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis—A new publication from OCLC & PLA

Darci Hanning darci.hanning at state.or.us
Wed Feb 26 11:23:42 PST 2020


This came across my inbox so I’m passing it along:

OCLC has partnered with the Public Library Association (PLA) to issue Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis, a report that offers strategies for public libraries to consider as they determine a local response to the nationwide opioid crisis.

Download the publication and learn more at https://oc.lc/libraries-opioid-crisis.

As the impact of the opioid epidemic is felt in communities across the U.S., public libraries are engaging in community responses. For many libraries, however, the new and urgent demand created by this public health crisis is paired with uncertainty on how best to address local needs in this area.

This Call to Action guide provides options, ideas, and resources to support libraries as they develop response strategies, and encourages libraries to:

·         Evaluate local health data

·         Seek community partners

·         Educate staff and community members on the issue

·         Consider the need for staff care

·         Offer programs and services that support local needs.

Join us on March 31 for a free webinar to learn more about the "Call to Action." Panelists will share resources, including ideas for organizations to partner with, additional perspectives to consider, and strategies for getting started.

Event page: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/call-to-action-public-libraries-and-the-opioid-crisis.html

Together, we can make a positive difference in improving outcomes for our communities.

Jennifer Peterson

OCLC Community Manager, WebJunction

petersoj at oclc.org<mailto:petersoj at oclc.org>


Darci Hanning, MLIS
Public Library Consultant / CE Coordinator
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