Library Services for Communities Living in Fear (D2)

Date/Time: Monday, July 16, 2018: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Speakers: Amy Petkovsek, Maryland Legal Aid; Adeen Postar, University of Baltimore School of Law; Marcelo Rodríguez, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Melanie Townsend Diggs, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

In 2015, our host city, Baltimore, experienced massive protests against police brutality in reaction to the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray. Some of these protests turned violent, and the despair and frustration of our communities were evident all across the city. Despite the unrest and riots, Enoch Pratt Free Library and its then-CEO, Carla Hayden (our current Librarian of Congress), decided to keep the library open. Similar to Baltimore in 2015, this session will explore library or librarians’ initiatives to support DACA students and refugees coming to or already living in this country. Panelists will provide: 1) the library or librarian’s personal story, 2) lessons learned, and 3) how best to apply these lessons to all libraries.

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