This post offers a brief history of the Social Workers in the Library program at San José Public Library, started by Deborah Estreicher, Peter Lee, Glenn Thomas, and Cyndy Thomas. The program brings volunteer social workers into the library for free 20-minute referrals. Members of the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter staff the program.… Continue reading A Brief History of the Social Workers in the Library Program
Questions for the Co-Location of Library and Social Work Services
By Mary Wagner, MLS, PhD Mary Nienow in her blog post, “Why Social Workers Need Librarians,” on April 7, 2013, offers challenging and exciting ideas for intersection of Social Work and Library/Information Science. Two recent newspaper articles, “How Public Libraries Have Become Spare Homeless Shelters” (AlterNet, March 6, 2013) and “Security Getting Tougher at Downtown… Continue reading Questions for the Co-Location of Library and Social Work Services
Recentering the Public Good
Happy National Library Week (April 14-20, 2013)! Check out your local library for ways to support and celebrate libraries in your community. In my introduction to library and information science class, I learned about the values enshrined in the Library Bill of Rights. The document was drafted by the professional organization for the field, the… Continue reading Recentering the Public Good
Welcome to this forum for exploring how librarians and social workers can share their knowledge and experiences to strengthen their work with the public. Please check out our About page and Sara Zettervall's post on running a teen book club that sparked the idea for this conversation. We are always interested in hearing from others, so… Continue reading Welcome!