Log Number: LG-250082-OLS-21
OCLC will build a free, openly available set of resources for libraries whose workplaces and/or communities are impacted by opioid use disorder. The support kit will align with the research findings from OCLC's previous study, which included five recommended areas for action: evaluate local health data, seek community partners, educate staff and community members on the issue, consider the need for staff care, and offer programs and services that support local needs. The kit will include pragmatic strategies, tools, and other content to guide libraries—particularly those in rural areas—as they determine their specific communities' needs and define the role their library is most suited for. The kit will help libraries assess their staff strengths and capacity, identify key local partners with whom to collaborate or coordinate, and plan and implement an initiative that supports community needs.