Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis
Kalamazoo is a midsized city in southwest Michigan with a growing number of incidents of opioid usage. Although the issue had yet to have a significant effect on the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL), some staff wanted to raise awareness and prepare for the possibility of an overdose in the library. Participants will learn how KPL took very proactive steps to educate staff on opioid use, stock anti-overdose at public desks, partner with social service agencies, and advocate for changes in the state laws. This work ultimately led to creating a peer navigator program that uses people who have lived the life of substance use disorder to work with patrons struggling in the library. In the end, the KPL staff was not only better prepared to manage an overdose situation, but they were also more trauma informed.
Kevin King has worked at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library since 1998. During that time, he worked as the Lead Librarian in Teen Services, Branch Manager, and Department Head. Currently Kevin is the Head of Community Engagement where he leads the branch library teams, social service efforts, community engagement, and programming. In his career, he has presented on many aspects of library services, but specifically leadership and organizational health in over 30 different states. Kevin loves baseball history, music, and currently the Nintendo Switch. If he does not mention his family in this bio, it will probably come back to haunt him.
Jul 14, 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM CT
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