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california state library mental health initiative
Infopeople partnered with the California State Library  to provide a variety of training opportunities as part of its Mental Health Initiative in 2018. 

Online course:

Mental Health Challenges: An Introduction for Library Staff - This two-part online course provided readings, videos, and practical examples to help understand mental health challenges in order to improve library services and interactions.

Once the course was completed, a short self-paced tutorial was developed with the content which can be found in the Infopeople Academy. 

Participants were given seats in the following Infopeople Courses:

  • Library Services for those Experiencing Homelessness 
  • Maintaining a Safe and Respectful Library 
  • Workplace Burnout 
  • Customer Service 
  • Cultural Intelligence 
  • Preparing and Implementing EDI Training in Your Library 


As part of the California State Library's Mental Health Initiative, Infopeople also produced a series of 10 webinars. You can also find the archived recordings in this Vimeo album.

  • March 28, 2019 at 9AM: Meeting the Needs of Those with Alzheimer's and Dementia - view the archive.
  • April 5, 2019 at 9AM: Creating Library Spaces and Programs that Nurture Teen Mental Health and Healing - view the archive.
  • April 11, 2019 at 9AM: Preventing and Treating Compassion Fatigue with Self-Care - view the archive.
  • April 16, 2019 at 9AM: Cultural Humility in Public Libraries: Colleagues & Customers - view the archive.
  • April 17, 2019 at 9AM: Serving People Experiencing Homelessness at your Library - view the archive.
  • April 25, 2019 at 9AM: Veterans and Mental Health: Understanding common struggles and learning how to provide support - view the archive.
  • April 30, 2019 at 9AM: Creating a Safe and Welcoming Space in Your Library: Working with patrons in crises - view the archive.
  • May 3, 2019 at 9AM: Suicide Prevention: Basic skills and resources - view the archive.
  • May 7, 2019 at 9AM: Engaging Your Community in Gang Prevention and Intervention - view the archive.
  • May 17, 2019 at 9AM: A Trauma-Informed Lens Changes What You See - view the archive.

This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.