Gun Violence and Libraries: Supporting Communities through Library Collections and Resources

  • October 26, 2017 • 11 AM – 1 PM
  • McKinley Research Building, Conference Room 6001B, 4515 McKinley Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

Gun violence is one of the most menacing problems in our communities today, often shattering lives forever. It comes in many forms—suicides, murders, robberies, and accidents. Libraries are uniquely positioned in communities and often serve as safe and neutral places for users impacted by gun violence and trauma. In what ways have gun violence and a changing community influenced your library collection and resources? In what ways does your library collection reflect the needs of the community it serves?

This brownbag discussion for librarians includes the following panelists:

• Amy Randazzo, Children’s Services and Programming Librarian, Ferguson Public Library

• Melissa Vetter, Head of Research Services, Psychology Librarian, Washington University Libraries

• Brenda Kukay, Library Media Specialist, St. Louis Public Schools (Metro High School and Kennard Elementary School)

• Cheryl Holland, Education and Library Science Librarian, Washington University Libraries

Attendees will receive a free copy of The Unthinkable by Lois A. Schaffer.

Free event, but registration is required at

This discussion is part of a two-day event on gun violence from University Libraries and the Institute for Public Health. For information on the Oct. 25 event, see The Impact of Gun Violence on Families and Communities.