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Multi-District Staff Development Workshop: The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness Following the model of other regions throughout the Commonwealth, the Altoona, Central PA, and Johnstown Districts hosted Ryan Dowd, nationally sought after speaker and author of The Librarian’s...

Ryan Dowd, a nationally sought after speaker and author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, led a four hour workshop for 60 librarians and library staff of the five county Lehigh Valley region in eastern PA on August 5, 2019. Ryan serves as the Executive Director of...

A FREE multi-District CE opportunity will be presented on: Monday, August 5th, 1:00pm-5:00pm at Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown, PA 18102. Ryan Dowd, author of  The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, and a nationally sought-after speaker, will lead...

Karen Cullings, Interim Executive Director of the Dauphin County Library System, Randie Yeager, Human Services Director with the Dauphin County Human Services Department, Lisa Howald, Library Manager of the McCormick Riverfront Library, discuss conflict resolution in libraries with...

The third Library 2.018 mini-conference: “Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World,” will be held online for FREE on Wednesday, October 17th, from 3:00pm-6:00pm EST.   Learn more and Register. This event is being organized in partnership with Patty Wong,...

More than 70 library staff members from the Northeast, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton Library Districts earned six CE hours for their attendance at the multidistrict workshop, Library Patrons: Practical Tools for Resolving (& Preventing) Problems. Presenter Ryan Dowd kept the audience...

Date: August 27     9:00am-4:00pm Location: Holiday Inn Wilkes-Barre – East Mountain 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 Presented by: Ryan Dowd, Author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict,...

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Multi-District Workshop: Library Patrons: Practical Tools for Resolving (and Preventing) Problems Do you struggle with homeless, mentally ill, and addicted patrons? What about aggressive (and potentially) violent patrons? Do you have patrons who bring in too many bags? Smell really...