Editorial

Public Librarians and Health Care: A Social Work Perspective

by Mary Nienow, MSW, Clinical Director and Instructor of Internship, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire As I was procrastinating in the writing of this blog entry on what social workers can teach librarians, I received call from a public library asking for my help. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare),… Continue reading Public Librarians and Health Care: A Social Work Perspective

Editorial

Social Work and Academic Libraries

While public libraries are clearly at the forefront of most considerations of the overlap between social work and librarianship, we are also interested in thinking beyond the on-the-ground issues faced by public librarians in providing social services referrals and information. As Sara Z. mentioned in her post, Whole Person Librarianship, this blog is part of… Continue reading Social Work and Academic Libraries

Editorial

“I’m not a doctor, so I can’t advise you on that”

If there's one thing I remember learning in reference class - besides that print reference is complex, and our librarian forebears were amazing to work it - it's never to give medical advice to patrons. We were all taught to draw a clear line between sharing medical information resources and making recommendations about taking medical… Continue reading “I’m not a doctor, so I can’t advise you on that”