Public libraries are continuing to provide services to patrons both remotely and, for branches that are currently open, in person.
Thank you to the hundreds of folks who logged in yesterday for the Social Work Students and Public Library Partnerships webinar.
Here is the link to the recorded webinar (YouTube), pdf slides, handouts, and list of Resources.
Please contact me with any updates on new collaborations, especially any updates on how your branch’s social work interns are navigating remote resource assistance for patrons.
Even during the current pandemic, social work library interns continue to provide services remotely to patrons in need. View links below learn about the work students are doing, such as providing information on employment, ways to cope with stress and anxiety, and offering emotional support to patrons:
Please contact me if you know of additional partnerships (or those that are no longer active).
This website is featured in Sara Zettervall and Mary Nienow’s new book Whole Person Librarianship in which they dedicate a full chapter (#3) to social work student placements. You can access resources they provide here.
The aim of this site is to raise awareness about social work student/public library partnerships currently taking place throughout North America and the need for such collaborations to increase in order to better meet the needs of library patrons.
If you know of an existing collaboration between schools of social work and public libraries, or you would like your own school or library featured here, please contact me.
“Having the services of a social work student available to our patrons is an example of how libraries are changing and expanding services” – Cindy Mangel, Bound Brook Library branch manager (Somerset County, NJ).
Carbondale Public Library. (2019, May 8). Facebook post. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/TheCarbondalePublicLibrary/photos/pcb.2441735252503801/2441731819170811/?type=3&theater
TapInto Staff. (2018, January 28). Rutgers Social Worker Provides Assistance at Somerville Library. Retrieved from https://www.tapinto.net/towns/somerville/articles/rutgers-social-worker-provides-assistance-at-some
Zettervall, S. K., & Nienow, M. C. (2019). Whole person librarianship: A social work approach to patron services. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.