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Public libraries are respected local anchor institutions that connect community members to credible information and services. Libraries are leveraging their assets in response to the nation’s opioid epidemic. After 16 months of research, the global library cooperative, OCLC, and the Public Library Association have released a call to action on how libraries can address the crisis in their communities. A key part of this effort is encouraging libraries to collaborate with other community organizations and access relevant state and national resources. Join us to hear about diverse examples of libraries addressing this health emergency, as well as about the reach, assets and needs of libraries to enable a range of partnership activities. 

Larra ClarkAbout the Presenters 

Larra Clark, Deputy Director, Public Library Association

Larra Clark serves as Deputy Director for both the Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Policy & Advocacy Office. Her portfolio includes broadband access and adoption, public library data and research, strategic communications, and national initiatives and partnerships. Her career spans 19 years managing library communications, policy and research following a decade in non-profit public affairs, government relations, and print journalism. She received her library master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Kendra MorganKendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager, WebJunction

Kendra's primary responsibilities as Senior Program Manager are the delivery and management of WebJunction's core continuing education services for state and public libraries and financial oversight of our grant-funded projects. She is particularly interested in the role libraries play in supporting the social determinants of health, as well as digital inclusion in local communities; she has managed a number of grant-funded programs that address those issues. Kendra received her MLIS from the University of Hawai'i and, prior to joining OCLC in 2007, she provided training and technology support in hundreds of libraries as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Libraries Program, and served as a technology consultant at The Library of Virginia.

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