March 20, 2017
What does it take to be a librarian in San Francisco?
What does it take to be a librarian in San Francisco? 1) You have to know how to shelve books. 2) You have to know how to check out books. ...and... 3) You have to know how to inject heroin addicts with anti-narcotic drugs. In addition to checking out and re-shelving books, San Francisco library staffers may soon be trained to give lifesaving medication to reverse overdoses among the growing number of heroin users mixing in with the homeless in and around the Main Library. The idea surfaced after an addict was found dead in one of the Civic Center library's restrooms in early February. San Francisco's Main Library has become a magnet for the city's exploding homeless population. Coincidentally or not, the neighborhood has seen epidemic numbers of users of heroin and prescription painkillers – opioids such as codeine, morphine and OxyContin. In 2016, the Main Library tracked 689 instances of patron misbehavior, ranging from vandalism and...(Read Full Post)