Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness

The Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness are endorsed by IFLA, and awaiting publication.

Minutes from meetings

Workshop Zagreb 2015

In connection with the LSN meeting in Zagreb a workshop was held in order to share experiences and obtain suggestions to what should be included in the guidelines. Report on the workshop by Sanja Bunic: Library Services for Homeless People: Sharing Experiences for the Development of Guidelines

Presentations

LSN Session Columbus 2016

The LSN session in Columbus 2016 on library services to persons experiencing homelessness from different perspectives, including the users perspective, was a part of the work on developing guidelines for these services.

Chair: Nancy Bolt, Nancy Bolt & Associates, United States

1. Overview of First Draft of Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness and A Brief Overview of Services to Youth Experiencing Homelessness Without Parents or Guardians
Julie Ann Winkelstein, University of Tennessee, United States
Paper in English
Presentation in English

2. Video: What do users say about library services for people experiencing homelessness?
Sanja Bunic, Zagreb City Libraries, Croatia
Video

3. Practical Skills for Working with Patrons Experiencing Homelessness
Ryan Dowd, www.HomelessLibrary.com and Hesed House, United States
Paper in English
Presentation in English

4. Our Invisible Families: Library Services with Families Experiencing Homelessness
Vikki C. Terrile, Children and Youth Programs and Services, Queens Library, United States
Paper in English
Presentation in English

5. People Experiencing Homelessness: How Libraries Can be Community Collaborators & Catalysts for Change
Elizabeth J. Skinner, Forsyth County Public Library, United States
Paper in English
Presentation in English

6. No One Left Behind: Implementing United National Sustainable Development Goals
Akiko Ito, United Nations, Japan
Presentation in English

Review of the draft of the guidelines (ended)

The LSN and Working Group on Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness invites you to review the draft of the Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness (PDF) (DOC).

Terms of reference

  • Give comments and suggestions as to whether the content includes the most important aspects of the organization and development of library services to people experiencing homelessness
  • Give comments and suggestions about adequate coverage and balance between the various aspects
  • Provide recommendations related to specific chapters
  • Provide useful suggested homelessness-related resources for libraries, divided by chapter.

We appreciate your comments and suggestions. The final date of the worldwide review is May 21, 2017.

Poster presented at the WLIC 2017 in Wroclaw

Sanja Bunic presented the poster Story Behind the Guidelines: Developing the Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness  at the 2017 WLIC. The poster and further information is available in the IFLA Library.

Contact information of co-chairs:

Sanja Bunić
Zagreb City Libraries
Starčevićev trg 6
10 000 Zagreb
Croatia
Email: sanja.bunic@kgz.hr

Nancy Bolt
Nancy Bolt & Associates
11710 West 76th Drive
80005 Colorado
United States
Email: nancybolt@earthlink.net

Library Services to People with Special Needs, Disadvantaged people, Displaced persons, Marginalized, Poverty, Social inclusion

Last update: 22 September 2017