Northeast Ohio Regional Library System - Event Information
What Can I Do? How Libraries Can Support and Heal Communities in Conflict
Community Awareness and Programming
From racial unrest to the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries all over the country are grappling with many societal challenges. With our cities and states in need, how does a library respond and help cultivate healing, social awareness and empathy in our communities?
Communications professional and librarian, Tamara King will share how Richland Library in Columbia, S.C. found its voice and used innovative ways to reach their customers in 2020. From holding virtual discussions about race to using telephone town halls to remove access barriers, King will provide valuable tools libraries can use to support communities in conflict.
Presenter: Tamara King is the Community Relations Director for Richland Library. In her role, she is tasked with developing, directing and implementing communications strategies to key stakeholders and audiences of Richland Library. Tamara also supervises the Office of Development, which supports the Richland Library Friends and Foundation along with the library volunteer program. She has nearly two decades of experience in broadcast television, public relations, marketing, strategic communications, media and crisis communication training and program management.
Tamara also chairs the library’s award-winning Social Awareness Taskforce. Through Tamara’s leadership the taskforce has held discussions surrounding empathy, race, women’s rights and social justice for more than 1,300 participants. Tamara is a nationally and locally recognized award-winning public relations professional and was recently recognized as a 2019 Library Journal Mover and Shaker for her role in Richland Library’s race, equity and social awareness work. Tamara has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina.