Cultivating Protective Libraries: An Introduction to Public Library Social Work
Class Experience Level
Beginner, Intermediate

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In 2009, San Francisco Public Library created the first dedicated, full-time position for a helping professional. Since then, library social work has spread to over four dozen systems around the United States. This session will introduce library social work, its history, and emerging best practices. We will consider the library as a protective factor in the lives of vulnerable populations. Special attention will be paid to the need for person-centered, trauma-informed lenses into the university education of future librarians.

  1. Understand the role of social work in libraries and how it works to better support communities.
  2. Identify best practices for social work in public libraries.
  3. Outline the growing need for library social work programs and the need for person-centered training for current and future librarians.

Class Recording

Class Details

Date(s): July 13, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 1.00
Class Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate
This class is sponsored by Region 3.
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Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: Katie Pierce Farrier
Technical Assistance: Sarah Dickey

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