Youth Experience Webinar: What’s Essential When Serving Youth and Families in Crisis Times?
In the summer of 2020, 137 library staff from across the U.S. participated in a co-design process focused on how public libraries can serve non-dominant youth and families during times of crisis. This work led to the publication of a Field Guide designed to help public library staff prepare for crises by carrying out four essential tasks: learning about the community, co-creating with the community, assessing and iterating with the community, and designing structures for the community. In this webinar, the facilitators of the co-design work, Dr. Mega Subramaniam and Linda W. Braun will discuss what they learned about how libraries have been responding to current and past crises. They will explain the essential tasks library staff must engage in order to serve their communities successfully during times of crisis and prepare for crises that may occur in the future. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions about the Field Guide and the steps libraries should take to successfully serve their communities before, during, and after emergencies arise.
Dr. Mega Subramaniam
Associate Professor and the Co-Director of the Youth Experience (YX) Lab @College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland
Dr. Mega Subramaniam is an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of the Youth Experience (YX) Lab at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on enhancing the role of public and school libraries in fostering the mastery of digital literacies among non-dominant youth. Her research has resulted in several best paper awards at conferences and several national recognitions, most recently including the Library Journal's 2019 Movers and Shakers award, YALSA’s 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Fulbright Specialist Award.
Linda W. Braun
Learning Consultant @LEO
Linda W. Braun is a Learning Consultant with LEO. In her work, she focuses on supporting out-of-school time organizations in the design and implementation of services with and for youth, families, and communities. She is a co-author of The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action and Transforming Teen Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education and a contributor to American Libraries Youth Matters column.