Articles and Reviews

Blurred Lines, the Digital Divide, and the Question of Control

This post has nothing to do with Robin Thicke. With that out of the way, I just finished "Librarian or Social Worker: Time to Look at the Blurring Line?" by Rachael Cathcart.* Published in 2008, it anticipates the current call for public librarians to facilitate health care sign-ups. Cathcart focuses on e-government, stating, Services for which… Continue reading Blurred Lines, the Digital Divide, and the Question of Control

Editorial

Librarians : Patrons :: Social Workers : Clients (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, I suggested that turning to a model of how social workers interact with clients might be useful for librarians who work with homeless patrons. In a related post today, I want to continue thinking about how looking to the relationship between social workers and their clients might reinforce particular values already important in… Continue reading Librarians : Patrons :: Social Workers : Clients (Part 2 of 2)

Editorial

Librarians : Patrons :: Social Workers : Clients (Part 1 of 2)

I've been thinking about the models or theories librarians turn to when they work with patrons. In a series of two posts, I'd like to consider how librarians might turn to social workers' relationships with clients to reimagine the librarian-to-patron relationship. This first post focuses on the highly visible topic of homeless patrons and how… Continue reading Librarians : Patrons :: Social Workers : Clients (Part 1 of 2)