This is a guest post from Elissa Hardy, LCSW, social worker at Denver Public Library. In 2012, I was handed a book by my supervisor that would change my life. I had worked in homeless services for seven years at the time, and I was burnt out, I was exhausted, and I was traumatized. I… Continue reading Book Recommendation: Trauma Stewardship
Sarah Johnson (Reference & Instruction Librarian, Assistant Professor, CUNY Hunter College) has been conducting research on social work intern placement in libraries. Based on her work, she contributed additional content to our Google Map of libraries with social work staff or collaborators. Have something to add to it? Email me.
Earlier this summer, I spoke with Susan Roman, Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, about their joint master’s degree program in LIS and social work. I had a chance to ask Professor Roman about her background, her thoughts on the importance of this type of dual degree… Continue reading Dominican University’s Joint MLIS/MSW Program
Last week, I was very fortunate to interview Carolyn Anthony, Director of Skokie Public Library and 2013-2014 President of the Public Library Association, on her perspective on the intersection of librarianship and social work. This is my summary of our conversation. When Carolyn Anthony started working at the Pratt Library in Baltimore in 1973, she… Continue reading An Interview with Carolyn Anthony, PLA President
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
By Julie Row, MILS, MSW An article from the blog post on March 31, 2013 has stated that a social worker must carefully consider their audience when they share information online. Not only is this important in regards to ethics, but it is also my personal motive for this post. I always receive a different… Continue reading The Pursuit of Social Work as a Previous Librarian
By Mary C. Nienow, MSW The field of social work is a broad one. Social workers can be found in schools, hospitals, state agencies, nonprofits, for-profits, and everywhere in-between. One important but missing venue is libraries. I have been in the field of social work for fifteen years and I have never heard of libraries… Continue reading Why Social Workers Need Librarians: A Social Work Perspective