Serving Homeless Patrons


Our first month of the Year of Learning was informative and motivating! During the month of June, I learned why it is important to support minorities in publishing and how to find and vet publishers of color. I hope you continue to take advantage of the monthly opportunities to learn, interact, and take action, that lead up to the ULA 2022 Annual Conference. Explore the Year of Learning Hub to familiarize yourself with the year long “United in Diversity | Unida en la Diversidad” curriculum.

Library equity partners, the Utah Library Association and Utah State Library, will focus on Serving Homeless Patrons during the month of July. Commit to becoming a focused leader of change–register for the July diversity workshop and meetup now. I am excited to learn more about Serving Homeless Patrons and improve my professional skills and abilities. See you soon!

Rita Christensen (She/Her/Hers)
ULA President, 2021-2022


LEARN Workshop: Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness – Ryan Dowd – Watch On Demand. During the month of July watch Ryan Dowd’s “Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness (Core Training)” available for Utah library staff on Niche Academy. [View Now]

DISCUSS Zoom Meetup: Serving Homeless Patrons – Becca Lael – Thursday, July 29, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. July discussion: How do you best serve patrons who are experiencing homelessness? What have you learned? What resources can you share? [Register Now]

TAKE ACTION: Be Prepared with Resources. Challenge: Reach out to local homeless service providers in your area and gather resources you can refer homeless patrons towards. Join the Slack #edi discussion. Resources: Access the Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness & the Interactive Food Resources page[Read More]