May 17, 2022

Video: “Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis” (ALA Midwinter 2020 “Hot Topic” Presentation From OCLC)

Below, a video of an OCLC “Hot Topic” presentation from Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager, WebJunction, recorded at ALA Midwinter 2020 in Philadelphia.

The United States is experiencing an opioid epidemic, and public libraries across the country are choosing to respond to this public health emergency locally. As central community institutions open to all, public libraries are finding themselves on the front lines of the opioid crisis. Together with community partners, public libraries are providing critically needed information and services, organizing education and training events, and supporting prevention and recovery efforts.

Additional Resources

See Also: Web Junction Topic Page: Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities

See Also: Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities (Summary Report and Case Studies From OCLC Research) (November 1, 2019)

See Also: Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis in Collaboration with Their Communities: An Introduction (via Collaborative Librarianship; Vol. 11, No. 1)

See Also: OCLC Awarded IMLS Grant to Help Public Libraries, Partners Respond to Opioid Epidemic (October 2018)

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