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Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness

  • With Amelia Shelley, Elissa Hardy, Dana Scott, Zac Schaffner, and Jacqueline Murphy
  • When 04/21/2015 | 3:30p - 4:30p, Mountain Time
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Libraries across the state are developing services, policies, and procedures to ensure individuals, families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness in their communities have access the information and services they need to stay connected.

Please join us for this interactive session on library partnerships and services for the patrons experiencing homelessness. Come prepared to engage in a lively discussion, ask your burning questions, and share your experiences!


About Amelia Shelley, Elissa Hardy, Dana Scott, Zac Schaffner, and Jacqueline Murphy

Amelia Shelley, Executive Director, Garfield County Libraries

Amelia Shelley is the Executive Director of the Garfield County Public Library District which serves the communities of Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute through six branch libraries. Amelia has been a public librarian for 18 years and received a MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the Colorado Association of Libraries, the Mountain Plains Library Association and the American Library Association, as well as a number of local and regional civic and non-profit groups.

Elissa Hardy, LCSW, Community Resource Specialist, Denver Public Library

head shotElissa Hardy, LCSW has worked in many different areas of social work. She has worked in long term care, hospice, Big Brothers Big Sisters, an adolescent treatment program, outpatient mental health as well as with the chronically homeless in a Housing First and Assertive Community Treatment program. In February 2015 she became the Community Resource Specialist at the Denver Public Library where she helps to remove barriers to services for customers. The Denver Public Library serves hundreds of people daily, including those who experience homelessness. The Community Resource Specialist position was created after the library staff recognized a need in being able to better serve some of its customers. In addition, Elissa is an adjunct instructor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Denver University where she teaches courses on trauma.

Dana Scott, Colorado Department of Education,  Innovation, Choice and Engagement Division, Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement

HPIM0997Dana Scott is the State Coordinator for the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth program at the Colorado Department of Education. As State Coordinator, she administers Title X, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This Act assures educational rights for students in homeless situations with the goal of increasing educational access, school stability and academic success.

Zac Schaffner, Homeless Initiative Project Coordinator

ZacZac Schaffner is a Homeless Initiative Project Coordinator in Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper’s office. He oversees the implementation of Pathways Home Colorado, the state’s ongoing effort to replicate best practice models, support regional priorities and become more strategic in making periods of homelessness infrequent and short in duration. Schaffner also assists in developing permanent supportive housing for Colorado’s most vulnerable populations through the Supportive Housing Toolkit

Jacqueline Murphy, Senior Consultant for Public Libraries and Community  Relations, Colorado State Library, Library Development

jacquelineSMJacqueline provides support for public library leaders including resources for districting, trustee orientation, strategic planning, buildings and community initiatives.