Community Engagement, Organizational Partnerships, Programming, and Reference
The library, a community gathering and learning place that serves people at all stages of life’s journey, plays a vital role in helping individuals live well with dementia. The new free resource from the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health, The Dementia Inclusive Public Library Guide, provides a roadmap and practical tools for libraries and other community organizations to unite with fellow Ohioans in reshaping the narrative surrounding dementia to one of engaged community living.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:
To navigate the free and comprehensive DementiaInclusive Public Library Guide and use its ready-to-implement resources to grow dementia inclusive practice in their libraries.
To facilitate staff development (including Dementia Friends training) and build staff enthusiasm for dementia inclusive service.
To identify potential allies for ongoing support and growth of their library’s Dementia Inclusive Initiative as a catalyst for a dementia inclusive community.
To craft next steps that are a “right fit” for the staffing, budget, and environmental capacities of their libraries.
Barb White, retired after 31 years of service with the Akron-Summit County Public Library (in early childhood and adult services and in public services administration), continues her commitment to Dementia Inclusive communities as a Dementia Friends Champion, founding member of Dementia Friendly Summit County (OH), and Education and Programming Committee Chair with Dementia Action Alliance. Barb has shared strategies for Dementia Inclusive library practice on a statewide and national level, and brings Dementia Friends workshops to organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies across multiple community sectors in Summit County and beyond. Most recently, Barb co-authored (with Jennifer Brush and Margaret Jarrell) The Dementia Inclusive Public Library Guide, a publication of the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health.