February 2016 Webinar


The LAMBDA webinar took place on February 12, 2016 and is now available as a free archived recording:

Recording of Public Libraries and Youth Homelessness: What's the Connection? Webinar


Glossary of terms

Every year approximately 1.6 million youth experience homelessness in the U.S. Up to 40% of these young people, ages 12 to 24, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning (LGBTQ). As public spaces and as sources of information and resources, public libraries can play a critical role in the lives of these youth. This webinar brings together experts on the topics of youth experiencing homelessness, mental health and the ways in which public libraries can and do create welcoming and supportive environments. The panel also includes a young person who has experienced homelessness and who can speak to how public libraries have or could make a difference.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this live webinar, which will also be recorded, participants will:
• Have knowledge about the lives of youth experiencing homelessness
• Have increased understanding of mental health challenges and appropriate vocabulary
• Have concrete ideas on how their libraries can serve these young people

Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, MLIS

Dr. Jama Shelton, Deputy Executive Director, True Colors Fund
Tara Pressley, M.D., School of Information and Library Science, UNC, Chapel Hill
Vikki C. Terrile, Director of Community Library Services, Queens Library, NY
Caitlyn Caruso, Youth Representative

Who Should Attend:
Public library staff

Technology Requirements:
• Computer or laptop with reliable high speed internet connection and standard browser. (It is possible to attend by tablet or phone, but we don’t recommend it).
• Headphones/earbuds recommended if you are in an office or public space, otherwise speakers are fine. If you don’t normally use your headset/earbuds we recommend you connect and test it on the computer you plan to use. Participants will be using the text chat function to ask questions.

For questions about the content of this webinar, please email Julie Ann Winkelstein at jwinkels@utk.edu
For technology questions, please email: cleeinfo@utk.edu


Sponsored by:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Information Sciences (SIS) and The Center for Literacy, Education & Employment (CLEE).

This webinar is funded primarily by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, LAMBDA (Library Anchor Models for Bridging Diversity Achievements).