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The Patron is a Person: Bridging the Gap to Improve Services to Library Patrons with Mental Health Needs

  • June 08, 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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Co-presented by Medical & Scientific Libraries of Long Island, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, and Long Island Library Resources Council

For many, the library is a safe, non-judgmental space where a patron can explore and acquire new knowledge. Library patrons who are grappling with immediate mental health challenges who visit our safe spaces may find themselves in need of assistance. This program will introduce you to resources and trainings to not only support these patrons in need, but to support you and your library staff so that they can respond appropriately with compassion and care for the patron and themselves. This is a must attend for managers, directors, and librarians working in medical, scientific, or public libraries.

Program Speakers:

Denise Driscoll, RN-BC, CARN, PMHCNS-BC, NPP, Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health at Mather Hospital
Debra Engelhardt, Director of Comsewogue Public Library & Adjunct Professor at Palmer School of Library and Information Science

Ms. Driscoll and Ms. Engelhardt will be presenting their research project entitled To  Boldly Go: Operation Mental Health in the Public Library.

Alexis Rodgers, LMSW, Coordinator of Community Mental Health Education at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (AMHW)

Ms. Rodgers will discuss the workshops, trainings and support services the AMHW offers to libraries across Long Island.

Sign in begins at 9:15 AM

Speakers Program from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

MEDLI Business Meeting to follow
Program attendees not required to participate in business meeting

A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (.15 CEU's) will be emailed after the workshop.

FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS - We have implemented a two step verification process for security purposes and to maintain accurate attendance records.  You will need both a LILRC and a Zoom account. 

If you do not already have a LILRC account you will be prompted to create one (if you have forgotten your password, and need help resetting it you can email Eliscia at   

If you do not already have a zoom account you will be prompted to do so upon logging into the meeting.  If this is the first time you are using Zoom, after you have created an account, you can join the meeting by entering the Meeting ID/ Password provided to you in the confirmation email.  You can access all subsequent Zoom meetings by clicking the meeting link in the confirmation email.

Long Island Library Resources Council
627 N. Sunrise Service Road
Bellport NY, 11713
Phone: (631) 675-1570

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