How Libraries Should Adopt Trauma-Informed Principles

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Trauma Informed Care is a framework that helps people recognize the widespread prevalence of trauma and integrate knowledge of its effects into policies and practices.

While libraries have a reputation for being places of sanctuary, the framework of TIC is not always evident in these environments, according to Tolley, whose book, “A Trauma-Informed Approach to Libraries,” was published by the American Library Association in 2020.

In her talk, Tolley will discuss the core concepts of TIC and illustrate the gaps of philosophy and service that are commonly experienced in libraries. She will set the foundation for why trauma-informed practices should be applied to libraries and provide suggestions of how to apply concrete TIC steps to construct an inclusive space for all.

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