News in Brief

Aug 15, 2022

Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlineA Trauma-Informed Lens: Communities, Libraries and Research
This blog post from the Colorado State Library delves into trauma-informed practices for research and everyday interactions for library workers. Experiencing trauma can have lasting negative impacts on one’s mental, physical and emotional health. These impacts can then extend beyond the individual to the communities they exist within. Being trauma-informed will help you navigate your work with understanding and compassion for those around you as well as for yourself.

Increase Equitable Access to COVID-19 Testing in Your Community
Color Health is collaborating with the CDC to bring no cost COVID-19 testing to at-risk people in under-resourced communities. They are partnering with organizations like libraries nationwide to better serve communities with low testing access, rural locations, and/or neighborhoods with high social vulnerability index.

Free Tech Programs for Older Adults from AARP
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP provides free technology programming and support to older adults throughout the country through their Senior Planet programs.

Bring a Girls Who Code Club to Your Library
Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. They partner with school districts, library networks and afterschool programs to launch clubs in communities across the country. Girls Who Code Clubs offer free computer science programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade students with a flexible, adaptable curriculum.

OLA/MPLA Call for 2023 Conference Program Proposals
The call for proposals has gone out for the 2023 Oklahoma Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association (OLA/MPLA) conference, to be held March 8-10 in Norman, Oklahoma. The conference theme is “Building for the Future: Block by Block.” The deadline to submit a proposal is September 30.

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