Lead Medical Librarian Minneapolis VA Healthcare System Minneapolis, Minnesota
Libraries of all types, from public to academic to special, have patrons who are veteran or military-affiliated. In order to work effectively with these patrons, library workers can benefit from increased knowledge of the military and its culture. This panel will feature library workers, including those who have transitioned from the military into libraries and have experience successfully navigating both library and military cultures. These library workers, who are from academic, public, federal, VA, and armed forces libraries, will share their transition stories to help attendees better understand the challenges involved in moving from a military to a civilian environment.
As veterans themselves, several of the panelists have also used their military experience to inform their work with veteran and military-affiliated patrons. From designing programming to military-friendly policies, the panelists will share insights into how libraries of all types can become more welcoming to veteran and military-affiliated patrons. They will share examples of collections, programs, hiring practices, and activities that libraries can develop, as well as their lessons learned.
By the end of this session, attendees will be able to identify at least two major challenges involved in transitioning from the military.
By the end of this session, attendees will be able to describe barriers to library access for veteran and military-affiliated patrons.
By the end of this session, attendees will be able to articulate at least three ways that they could make their libraries more welcoming to veteran and military-affiliated patrons.