Heather asks: My questions/comments are about the balance between a patron's expectation of privacy vs. making them aware of available services. We have social work interns at my library a few days a week, for a few hours at a time. They have made connections with some of our regular patrons, either because library staff told … Continue reading Ask WPL: Social Work Interns and Patron Privacy
by Mary Nienow Libraries are great places to host a social work intern. Because these are public spaces, librarians are faced with many of the challenges that come from being a place where people with numerous complexities in their lives come to for safety, warmth, connection, and information. Social workers use libraries to hold support … Continue reading My library wants a social work intern! How do I make that happen?
Thanks to everyone who came to our conversation starter at ALA! We estimate 60-70 people in the audience, which was great. Mary and I were so glad to get to know and talk with so many of you. One of the most actionable items to come out of that conversation is connecting libraries with social … Continue reading ALA 2015 Follow-up and Thanks!