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The Bias Hiding in Your Library [citylab.com]

For many years, the Library of Congress categorized many of its books under a controversial subject heading: “Illegal aliens.” But then, on March 22, 2016, the library made a momentous decision, announcing that it was canceling the subject heading “Illegal aliens” in favor of “Noncitizens” and “Unauthorized immigration.” However, the decision was overturned a few months later, when the House of Representatives ordered the library to continue using the term “illegal alien.” They said they...

ACC Library Staff Trained to Identify Trauma and Offer Help [flagpole.com]

Athens-Clarke County now has one of the first “trauma-informed” libraries in the country, where employees are trained to recognize patrons who need help and direct them to services. “Athens is a remarkable city, yet it also faces extraordinary disparities and social risk factors,” says program coordinator Caroline Sharkey. The ACC Library is a hub of activity at any given moment, buzzing with individuals from all walks of life, seeking the library and its resources for any number of reasons.

Library social worker proposed to help residents in need [blueridgenow.com]

When county departments presented their budget needs to commissioners, Library Director Trina Rushing asked for a position one may not associate with a library. It’s a position, however, that would help county residents in need connect to services that could make a difference in their lives: a social worker. A wide swath of the community comes through the library’s doors every day, Rushing said, and many of them have a variety of needs. They could be homeless looking for basic needs like...

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