Supporting Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors in the Library


Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Domestic and sexual violence occurs in every community; it does not discriminate based on age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic location, or education level. This course will provide library staff with the tools necessary to provide services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence of all ages within their community. We will review what domestic and sexual violence is, identify implicit bias we hold, and develop an understanding of the unique information needs of survivors. Library staff who take this course will use this information to identify best practices for developing materials in the library, developing trauma-informed policies and procedures, and identify potential community partnerships. This course will be most impactful for public and academic library staff, but all library staff are welcome.


Course Information



1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

Week One (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 101): Identify implicit bias regarding survivors of violence. Discuss the experience of survivors of violence, and identify different paths to recovery and empowerment. Develop an understanding of survivors’ unique information needs.

Week Two (Collection Development and What Survivors Want): Identify best practices on how to curate a diverse array of books and materials for survivors, ranging from children to adults. We will review research conducted by the instructor on what survivors want from their public library, and participants will learn how to apply that information to their own library.

Week Three (Policies and Procedures): Building off the previous week, participants will examine different policies and identify where changes could be made to improve accessibility for survivors. Safety issues regarding providing information, restraining orders, and anonymity within the library will be addressed. We will focus on what mandatory reporting is, who is and is not a mandated reporter, and how to develop policies within your library that address these challenges.

Week Four (Collaboration and Moving Forward): This week will work on wrapping up all the work previously done. We will discuss how to partner with

Miranda Dube

Miranda Dube has over ten years of academic library experience, and received her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island in 2018 with a focus in "Libraries, Leadership, and Transforming Communities". Her work focuses on helping library staff provide services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and create a library environment that reduces re-victimization. She is the co-author of LIS Interrupted: Intersections of Mental Illness and Library Work.

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Special Session

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.


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