- Grant Writing
- Research Resources
- Statistical Data
- Florida Trends
- National Trends
- Professional Development
- Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialist)
- Articles on Social Work and Social Work Interns in Public Libraries
Sarah C. Johnson, MLIS, LMSW
Assistant Professor Social Services Librarian
Hunter College, City University of New York
- Social Work Students and Public Library Partnerships
Sarah C. Johnson, MLIS, LMSC presented this webinar. See page for recording. Also very helpful on this link is the related resources.
- American Fact Finder
- Bureau of Economic Analysis U.S. Department of Commerce
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Census Bureau
- Criminal Justice Statistics (DOJ Bureau of Statistics
- ICPSR Historical, Demographic, Economic and Social Data
- Kids Count
- National Center for Health Statistics
- National Science Foundation
- Ongoing Federal Data Resources Relevant to the Study of Aging
- Performance Outcome Measurement Project (POMP) Aging Statistics
- Social Explorer (free edition)
- Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web
- U.S. Courts Statistical Reports
- Social Work Interns
- Homeless Feeding Station – Monday – Friday 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. library parking lot via Caring Kitchen
- Adult coloring and writing clubs
- Information sessions
- Yoga, film, the arts, etc.
Have introduced adult programming under the Whole Person Librarianship model providing therapeutic spaces and information sessions:
Financial Management Series
Meditation Break (for teens, as well)
Miami-Dade Public Library System
FIU School of Social Work Partners with Southeast Florida Library Information Network and the Miami-Dade Public Library System to Provide Help to Those in Our Community Who Need It Most.
- Social Work Intern Program
- Mindfulness Meditation
- SNAP, Access Wireless, Employment, Housing
Orange County Library System Social Worker at the Library
- Andre Morris, MSW – Visits patrons one-on-one once a week at various branches in Orlando, FL
- Covers needs that range from affordable housing, SNAP benefits, to immigration and legal resources, etc.
- See video on patron feedback
- Hosted a series of presentations and informational sessions from experts in the community for patrons during National Mental Health Month:
- Practical Stress Reduction
- Discussion on the comorbidity of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other mental health conditions among teen and adult populations
- Mental health and the Criminal Court
|San Jose Public Library||
Library has partnered with PATH – (People Assisting the Homeless) to provide outreach
|Long Beach Public Library||
|San Francisco Public Library||
Established a program in 2009
|Denver Public Library||
Three Social Workers and six peer navigators
|Jefferson County Public Library||Patrons are connected with resources in the community|
|Penrose Library In Colorado Springs||
Social Worker identifies those in need of social services
|Pikes Peak Library District||
Started a program in 2019
|Addison Public Library||
|Oak Park Public Library||
|Evanston Public Library||The Evanston Public Library hired one social worker in 2017|
Uptown and Bezazian Library branches launched a piolet program in 2018
|Services: Housing, immigration assistance, adult basic education, employment|
|Long Branch Free Public Library||
|Brooklyn Public Library||
SEFLIN member librarians/library staff interested in taking Ryan Dowd’s e-course “Practical Tips for Challenging Homeless Patrons” email Irina Galilova to register.
Goals of Training:
- Recognize the power you have to solve problems
- Have greater confidence in doing so
- Develop a better understanding of patron actions
- Develop ability to be more compassionate and inclusive
Ryan Dowd has spent most of his career running the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois. In addition he is the founder of The Homeless Training Institute, which provides training to libraries and other organizations around the world. He is also the author of the ALA book, “The Librarians Guide to Homelessness.” The course is available through Nicheacademy through March 31, 2021.
Social Services in Libraries Discussion Group Webinars
- From Trauma to Strength: Libraries as Protective Factors in Trauma-Informed Care
- Social Services in Libraries with Elissa Hardy, LCSW
- Community-Based Care Coordination for Underserved Populations
- Coffee & Conversations with a Librarian
- Youth Services: Connecting with Those in Need and Understanding the Challenges
- Got Social Work? A New Approach
- Whole Person Librarianship
- Working with Homeless Veterans
- Reducing the Gamble: Library Services for Incarcerated and Recently Released
- Chevreau, M. (2019). Walk the Talk. Public Libraries, 58(5), 40–49. The Kitchener Public Library (KPL) in Ontario, Canada hired two outreach workers, a community outreach coordinator and community outreach assistant, to work alongside the Information Specialists in providing services to patrons in need. Kitchener’s CEO, Mary Chevreau, interviewed the outreach team to discuss how KPL serves those in need.
- Eades, R. B. (2019). Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach. Public Libraries, 58(5), 58–63. The Athens-Clarke County Library partnered with the University of Georgia School of Social Work to create the Trauma Informed Library Transformation (TILT).
- Esguerra, L. (2019, January 4). Providing Social Service Resources in a Library Setting. Public Libraries Online. Retrieved from http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2019/01/providing-social-service-resources-in-a-librarysetting/ Leah Esguerra writes about her experience as a library social worker for the San Francisco Public Library.
- Lilienthal, S. M. (2011, June 15). The problem is not the homeless: people living with substandard housing are in need of innovative library service. Library Journal, 136(11), 30+. Retrieved from https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/A258815014/AONE?u=d0_mlpbcls&sid=AONE&xid=7d19b 755
This article explores how libraries across the country are engaging residents experiencing homelessness.
- Lloyd, P. (2020). The Public Library as a Protective Factor: An Introduction to Library Social Work. Public Library Quarterly, 39(1), 50–63. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/01616846.2019.1581872 The Georgetown, Texas Public Library (GPL) established a Community Resources Coordinator position in 2016 after the director saw his librarians struggling to answer hundreds of questions on housing, legal aid, and basic needs assistance.
Dwyer, Colin. (July 17, 2019 Wednesday). Your Local Library May Have A New Offering In Stock: A Resident Social Worker. NPR All Things Considered. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/2019/07/17/730286523/your-local-library-may-have-a-new-offering-instock-a-resident-social-worker Colin Dwyer’s interview with David Perez, a social worker who is permanently employed at the Long Branch Public Library in New Jersey.
- Schencker, Lisa. (2018, October 27). Homeless people in the library? Chicago, suburban libraries turn to social workers for help. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-libraries-hire-social-workers-1027- story.html This article highlights the role social workers play in libraries in Chicago, Illinois.