Library-social work at ALA: Another opportunity

One of the Ignite sessions at ALA will be on library-social work collaboration:

Social justice in libraries: social work roots and the progressive library mission
Saturday, June 24
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM (presentation will be 5 minutes within this time frame)
Location: McCormick Place, W183a

Although short, this will be a nice counterpart to our session since it seems to include some historical context that we do not.

In the future, if you know of any sessions anyone if offering on this topic, whether virtual or in person, state or national level, please consider this a venue for sharing out that information. (For example, a little bird told me there might have been a panel on this at the Texas library association conference…) Send anything our way, and we’re happy to post it here.

Panel at ALA on Whole Person Librarianship

Please join us at the ALA Annual Conference for a PLA-sponsored panel!

Whole Person Librarianship: Libraries and Social Workers in Collaboration
Sunday, June 25, 2017
McCormick Place, W178a

Since San Francisco Public Library became the first in the world to hire a full-time social worker in 2007, the interest in library-social work collaboration has grown exponentially. Urban, suburban, and rural libraries are creating scalable partnerships, from hosting interns to social service office hours to full-time hires. This panel of librarians and social service providers builds on a standing-room-only 2015 Conversation Starter on the same topic. We’ll provide practical examples of successful collaborations, and we’ll also discuss how these partnerships inspire new approaches to providing excellent library service. This session also ties into a book forthcoming from Libraries Unlimited.


Sara Zettervall
Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Founder, Whole Person Librarianship

Mary Nienow
Social Work PhD Candidate
University of Minnesota

Ashley Horn
Social Work Program Coordinator
Brooklyn Public Library

Heather Lowe
Adult Services Administrator
Dallas Public Library

Sarah Johnson
Visiting Assistant Professor, Reference and Instruction Librarian
Hunter College Libraries