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Title:Librarians as Natural Disaster Stress Response Facilitators: Building Evidence for Trauma-Informed Library Education and Practice
Author(s):Mardis, Marcia A.; Jones, Faye R.; Pickett, Scott M.; Gomez, Denise; Tenney, Curtis S.; Leonarczyk, Zoe; Nagy, Samantha
Subject(s):Disaster response
Community resiliency
Public librarians
Natural disasters
Research Stress
Abstract:Public librarians are on the front line of catastrophic events that, each year, leave millions of people with significant mental health consequences; in the midst of these tragedies, librarians are often called upon to address community needs, often while neglecting their personal hardships. In this paper, we propose research, education, and practice opportunities centered on SOLAR, a community-based therapeutic approach that will allow librarians to recognize and assist patrons with symptoms just short of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to natural disasters. This proposed therapy offers public librarians an opportunity to engage with a treatment framework to meaningfully support their patrons while benefiting from the self-care often overlooked in times of crisis. This work may be a template for contextually sensitive, community-facilitated mental health services critical for communities that lack financial and geographical access to larger health infrastructures. We include opportunities for research in librarians’ trauma response to inform public librarians’ education and practice to improve disaster preparedness and community well-being.
Issue Date:2020-10-13
Series/Report:Continuing Education
Community Engagement
Community-led Services
Public Libraries
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-10-09

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