APR 29

Social Work Students and Public Library Partnerships

This webinar will provide information on how libraries can collaborate with social work interns and programs, to provide critical services to community members and training and support for library staff.

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Librarianship and social work have many shared values, including meeting the expanding and evolving needs of individuals and the community. Nearly 80 public libraries in the U.S. have collaborated with social work programs or schools of social work, to provide valuable learning opportunities for social work interns, and to connect community members with crucial services which exist beyond standard library offerings. Libraries or social work educators looking for ways to initiate collaborations with social work interns should join this webinar to understand the benefits, and a few challenges, to partnering with an institution or individual. Explore the types of intern assignments at the library that align with key social work competencies, from needs assessment to 1:1 patron referrals, and from staff training to outreach programs. And finally, discover how these internships can work for libraries of all types and sizes, including those in small and rural communities.

Presented by: Sarah C. Johnson, MLIS, LMSW, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences Librarian, Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), and creator of Social Work Students & Public Libraries website

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Participants requested suggestions for grant or funding opportunities to support social workers or interns in their libraries. Sarah has provided this list of examples to explore.

  • A number of libraries, and their partners, have received funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services:
    • Hartford Public Library
    • Through Library of Michigan, state LSTA funding, Social Workers in Rural and Small Libraries
  • Various funders (listed in acknowledgments) for Brooklyn Public Library's Transitional Services
  • Anchorage Public Library is piloting a program in collaboration with UAA School of Social Work, the Municipality of Anchorage Mobile Intervention Team (MIT) and the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness.
  • Edwardsville Public Library appears to receive funds from various sources, including the Edwardsville Junior Service Club and FCB Banks.


29 April 2020


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Webinar presenter Sarah C. Johnson