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Surveys for needs assessments

Social Work Students & Public Libraries


Beth Wahler, a faculty member of the Indiana University School of Social Work, has conducted needs assessments with a number of public libraries around the U.S. She has also partnered with social work programs at multiple universities to provide assistance to their students conducting needs assessments as part of their practicum.  Dr. Wahler is willing to share the staff and patron surveys she has used with other schools and libraries as needed.  She can be reached at  For more info about her work, please see Wahler et al. (2019) and Provence et al. (2020). 


Wahler, E. A.,Provence, M. A., Helling, J., & Williams, M. A. (2019). The changing role of libraries: How social workers can help.Families in Society, 101(1), 34-43.

Provence, M. A., Wahler, E. A.,Helling, J., & Williams, M. A. (2020). Self-reported psychosocial needs of public library patrons: Comparisons based on…

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