Articles and Reviews, Editorial

Information Literacy Needs of Social Work Students

Before I dive into a brief review of a few articles published by academic librarians about the information literacy needs of social work students, I wanted to remind everyone that Sara Zettervall will be leading a session, "...And Social Justice for All: How Can Librarians and Social Workers Collaborate?," at the upcoming Minnesota Library Association… Continue reading Information Literacy Needs of Social Work Students

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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)

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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)

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Ethical Librarians and the Public Good

One of my interests in this project of examining the intersections of social work and librarianship is to consider how librarians might more visibly champion the public good like social workers do. This post considers two ways that librarians tend to devalue their own work in this vein: first, highlighting libraries as institutions rather than… Continue reading Ethical Librarians and the Public Good

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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

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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

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“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”