PLA to host discussion of opioid crisis for libraries

For Immediate Release
Thu, 08/17/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them.

PLA is partnering with WebJunction to host a virtual "town hall meeting" to discuss the opioid epidemic for public library professionals. The event will be held 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Representatives from libraries and other community organizations will describe their local efforts and partnerships in addressing this epidemic. Town hall participants will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns as PLA works toward developing a plant to address on this issue.

Panelists will include:

  • Vanessa Christman, county librarian/director of library services, Humboldt County (Calif.)
  • Shawn Cunningham, communications director, Multnomah County (Ore.) Public Library
  • Kim Fender, director, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (Ohio)
  • Rachel Fewell, central library administrator, Denver (Colo.) Public Library
  • Hadi Sedigh, associate legislative director for justice & public safety, National Association of Counties, and liaison to the National City-County Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic

For more information and to register for the Opioid Crisis Town Hall, click here.

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The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA offers professional development opportunities, unique public library initiatives, and a conference that welcomes public library staff into meaningful partnership. In collaboration with its parent organization, the American Library Association, PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.