ALA Code of Ethics (again!) Libraries Respond - ALA portal and hashtag updated with disaster response and more Ferguson Municipal Public Library awards (not a complete list): 2015 Library Journal Library of the Year 2015 Lemony Snickett Prize (Scott Bonner, Director) Facebook discussion/resource list for library response in times of crisis Connecticut Four
On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, we are presenting at the 20th Symposium of the International Consortium for Social Development in Zagreb, Croatia. These are links to resources we will mention or use during the presentation, but anyone is welcome to access them. Video about Zagreb Public Library's work with patrons experiencing homelessness Video about Social … Continue reading Resources for presentation in Zagreb
The webinar Mary and I presented in March is available as an archived recording with activities and additional resources: Whole Person Librarianship: Fostering Empathy in Challenging Times Also, thanks to everyone who completed our survey! The response rate was even better than we hoped. If you indicated interest in further involvement or communication, we'll be … Continue reading Whole Person Librarianship webinar available on Webjunction
Here's a Google Map with libraries that engage in library-social work collaboration at a variety of levels. Who did I miss? Email me or comment below with the library name and what they're doing (or, even better, a news link if it exists), and I'll add to the map.
One of the foundational concepts of social work is "cultural humility." Cultural humility builds on the belief that each person is an expert on his/her/their life and recognizes that our cultural experiences shape how we view the world. We each exist at the intersection of various cultural spheres, and we make assumptions about how the … Continue reading Social Work for Librarians: Cultural Humility
I just finished reading this post from R. David Lankes, best known as the author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, and this related post from Anthony Molaro. Both men are professors of library and information science, and both call for action from knowledge professionals in response to this week's election. Lankes focuses on the … Continue reading Libraries and the Election: A Whole Person Response
...until LIS educators teach library reading and library as place in their professional programs at the core level, and until LIS researchers ask questions about what users learn from their interaction with libraries and determine how that learning fits into their everyday lives, both are addressing only a fraction of what libraries actually do for … Continue reading Social Work and the Limited Scope of iSchool Research
One thing I realized when I wrote up my reflections on the first module of this edX/University of Michigan Social Work MOOC is that one blog post per module might not be the way to go. In theory, I like the idea of some of us taking the MOOC together and then commenting on it. In practice, … Continue reading Social Work MOOC Update
This is the first post in a series of reflections on the University of Michigan edX course "Social Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change." I was struck very early on in this module by the International Federation of Social Work's global definition of social work: Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic … Continue reading Social Work MOOC Module 1: What Is Social Work?
This was a great year for Whole Person Librarianship at ALA. The panel on "Connecting Individuals with Social Services: The Academic Library's Role," convened by Samantha Hines from Missoula College Library, brought the concept of WPL to an academic audience. One of the panelists said he was glad to hear that librarians are talking about … Continue reading WPL @ ALA 2016 Wrap-up
These core beliefs are strongly influenced by Whole Person Librarianship. They were developed in response to the deprofessionalization of library tasks. They present an alternative to the neoliberalist ("retail") model of librarianship. Librarians are professionals with a unique skill set. Librarianship is grounded in and motivated by equity and social justice. Librarianship as a profession … Continue reading Five Core Beliefs to Sustain Librarianship
Amy Mars and I recently presented a series of two webinars that include some principles of WPL in action. Check them out for free: Public Library Services to Patrons Experiencing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity: Part One Part One: Population and Partnering What does homelessness look like in Minnesota? How can we connect patrons with community resources? … Continue reading Patrons Experiencing Homelessness