Program

 

Community-Led Think Tank: Harvesting Your Community Connections
October 1, 2018 at North York Central Library
 9:00 AM  Registration
 9:45 - 10:45 Welcome & Keynote
Community Development: A Toolkit for Libraries
Jane Venus & Gillian Johnston, Ottawa Public Library

This session goes beyond the theory of community development and focuses on the practicalities of becoming a community-led library. They will present on OPL’s Community Development toolkit. The toolkit was created to help all staff find ways to engage with their communities and take their community based efforts to the next level. The toolkit is designed to help staff in both large and small rural branches find a way to engage with their community to break down barriers and actively engage with both users and non-users.
 10:45-11:15 Roundtable Discussions
1) Logic Models with Rebecca Jones
2) Measurements with Kim Silk
3) Naloxone Training in Libraries with Craig Todd-Langille


An opportunity to choose one of the three broad topics that interests you and join that table. Here you will be able to speak with likeminded individuals and ask your questions to the facilitating expert. And the end, share a summary of you have learned.
 11:45 - 12:15 PM  Roundtable Discussion Sharing Session
 12:15 - 12:30  Bibliotheca presentation
 12:30 - 1:30  Lunch (provided)
 1:30 - 2:30  Indigenous Panel Discussion
Feather Maracle, CEO of Six Nations Public Library and John Pateman, CEO and Chief Librarian of Thunder Bay Public Library

Join Feather Maracle and John Pateman as as they discuss the work they have been doing with the Indigenous community. 
 2:30 - 3:00 Coffee Break & Informal Discussions
 3:00 - 4:00 Social Services & Mental Health Panel Discussion
Dan Silver, Mental Health First Aid Trainer and Social Worker
Graham Vardy, De-escalation Trainer at CAMH
Kristin Hoffman, Social Worker at TPL
Rahma Hashi, Social Worker at TPL


As Community Hubs, Libraries are open to all and as such experience the complexities of serving the homeless, the mentally ill, and the disenfranchised. Librarians are often tasked with connecting their communities to social services and having the key skills to aid people who are in distress or who may have mental health challenges. Our panelists will discuss training designed to assist staff when dealing with difficult patrons, who may become distressed or exhibit aggressive behaviour.
 4:00 - 4:15 Concluding remarks