Library Outreach to Veterans Initiative Panel Program CLA 2013


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This will be the powerpoint presentation we will use to start a panel discussion about libraries and veterans at the California Library Association 2013 Conference in Long Beach, November 5, 2013. Please attend the program to learn what librarians have learned in working with veterans in California.

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  • I will mention how libraries aim to build relationships, assist people in the community in connecting with one another, and help with navigating complicated databases and resources for researchers. Serving veterans is part of what a library already does. Highlighting Jason’s comment.Jason Deitch is a former US Army Medic who served more than a decade in Central and Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. He completed undergraduate and graduate work at UC Berkeley (BA Philosophy, MA Ethics and Social Theory, PhD Sociology), where his research focused on how combat veterans rebuild social identity and recommit to social institutions post-service. He was also the founder of the student veterans’ group, Cal Veterans, at UC Berkeley. For the past decade he has consulted and mentored for many veteran service organizations, primarily in California. He wrote this for Mary Menzel and gave us permission to use it.
  • Bookmark w/URLCalVet Resource BookHow to be a partnerFAQsCalVet DirectoryLINCsConversation with a veteran
  • Problem: what are programs others can immediately have success with? Answer: programs implemented and tested in 2012. What they should know about programs for veterans: 1) stand downs are a quick and easy way to serve veterans, namely homeless veterans, 2) host a Welcome Home event 3) incorporate veteran humor 4) and of course books.
  • Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans.  Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.  Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless. Find your local Stand Down contacts at
  • Create a Welcome Home event that offers a space for the veteran community.
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  • Library Outreach to Veterans Initiative Panel Program CLA 2013

    1. 1. Why should libraries reach out to U.S. Veterans? Serving Those Who Served Us Library Outreach to Veterans Initiative California Library Association Conference 2013
    2. 2. Veterans Outreach Program Panelists Kristen Mulvihill, Moderator John “Buzz” Kraft, California Department of Veteran Affairs Maria Rutledge, Kern County Library Sheila Burnett, San Diego Public Library Elizabeth Kelley, Shasta Public Libraries Karen Bosch Cobb, Infopeople Consultant Chris Brown, Contra Costa County Library The Library Outreach to Veterans Initiative is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Pacific Library Partnership. This material is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Share & Share-Alike license. Use of this material should credit the author and funding source.
    3. 3. Veterans in California • 9% of U.S. veterans • 30,000 new veterans each year • Increasing by 8k to 10k per year as overseas military activities draw down • Service-connected disability claims
    4. 4. Why Libraries? Libraries “play a crucial role in positively changing the way that veterans return to their communities -- without having to undergo the isolation, fear, pain and shame that so many veterans have experienced. Jason Deitch, Ph.D. Returning Veterans of America Libraries still have a viable character in our culture of being safe places where people care and want to help, and where core professional values of respect and confidentiality are upheld.”
    5. 5. Seriously, Why Libraries?  Knowledge management  Relationship-building  Neutral zone, safe place  Confidentiality and accessibility Helping organizations that help veterans without duplicating their efforts.
    6. 6. Panelists  CalVet – John “Buzz” Kraft  Kern – Maria Rutledge  San Diego – Sheila Burnett  Shasta – Elizabeth Kelley  Contra Costa – Chris Brown  Infopeople – Karen Bosch Cobb
    7. 7. Digital Duffel Bag
    8. 8. Why should libraries reach out to U.S. Veterans?
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