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ALA Virtual Summit – Homelessness and Libraries: A Social Justice Issue

Monday, November 14, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 2:30 pm

The American Library Association Social Responsibilities Round Table Virtual Summit on “Homelessness and Libraries: A Social Justice Issue” will be held online on Monday, November 14, 2022 from 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific time.

This one-day virtual conference is free and does not require ALA membership.

A dynamic slate of speakers will share the innovative partnerships, programming, and inreach initiatives they are implementing to address the needs and uplift the experiences of vulnerable populations in their respective communities. The speakers represent diverse backgrounds, geographies, areas of expertise, and angles of inquiry.

The conference website, program, and registration can be accessed here:


The proceedings are all on Zoom, beginning at 7:00 am Pacific Time. Please view and sign up for sessions of interest by following the links below.


Note: Each session must be individually registered

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  Recorded sessions will be emailed afterwards for those who can’t attend live.


Conference Schedule:

(All times in PST – please note the time differences from those on the official website)


7:00am – 7:40am PST – Opening Keynote

Rachel Fewell, Central Library Administrator, Denver Public Library

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8:00am – 9:15am PST – Partnerships Between Libraries and Social Workers

Peggy Morton, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Leah Topek-Walker, LCSW-R, Assistant Clinical Professor, Stony Brook School of Social Welfare
Christie Ristori, LCSW, Faculty Supervisor, Stony Brook School of Social Welfare
Jessica Brown, Social Services Coordinator, Patchogue-Medford Library
Anjanie Anjie Ghani, MSW Candidate 2023
Lissetty Thomas, Head of CARE Department, Patchogue-Medford Library
Rachel D. Williams, Assistant Professor, Simmons University SLIS

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9:30am – 10:45pm PST – Community Partnerships and Public Health

Lea Wentworth, Adult Services Manager, McCracken County Public Library
Jaime Jenett, Community Engagement Specialist, Health, Housing and Homeless Services, Contra Costa Health Services
Lianne Urada, Associate Professor, San Diego State University School of Social Work

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11:00am – 12:15pm PST – Education, Visibility, and Sensitivity

Alicia Collumbell, Outreach Services Librarian, Smithtown Library
Jason Villani, Reference Librarian, New Britain Public Library
Suzette Shaw, Skid Row From A Woman’s Perspective Grassroots Advocate

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12:30pm – 1:45pm PST – Communities: Rural Homelessness, Food Insecurity, and Lived Experience

Rachel Myers, Branch Manager, Anne Arundel County Public Library
Michael Sermeno, Peer Specialist, St. Joseph Center
Lisa Thompson, Assistant Branch Manager, Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library
Margo Gustina, Research Librarian, Public Libraries Action Network
Jen Graney, Library Director, Cortland Free Library

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2:00pm – 2:30pm – Closing Keynote – Homelessness as a Social Justice Issue

Vikki Terrile, Assistant Professor, Queensborough Community College



Monday, November 14, 2022
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
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