Whole Person Librarianship: A Social Work Approach to Patron Services, 1st Edition

  • Sara K. Zettervall
  • Mary C. Nienow
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1440857776
  • ISBN-13: 9781440857775
  • DDC: 025.50973
  • 168 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released January 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Collaboration between libraries and social workers is an exploding trend that will continue to be relevant to the future of public and academic libraries. This book incorporates practical examples with insights from librarians and social workers, producing a new vision of library services. Includes multiple examples of how librarians are connecting their patrons with social services; explores skills and techniques librarians can learn from social workers, such as how to set healthy boundaries and work with patrons experiencing homelessness; and offers ideas for librarians to self-educate on these topics. Also provides insights for social work partners on how they can benefit from working with librarians. While the two groups share social justice motivations, their methods are complementary yet distinct-librarians do not have to become social workers. Offers readers practical ideas for collaboration and explains why collaboration is important for the future of librarianship.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: Sister Professions.
1: Relationships Are the New Reference Collection.
2: Partners in the Library.
3: Social Work Students: “Living the Dream” in the Library.
4: Full-Time Library Social Workers.
5: Advocating for Change.
6: Sustainable Practice.
Conclusion: Future Directions.
Appendix A: PIE Chart Worksheet.
Appendix B: Community Needs Assessment.
Appendix C: Learning Contract Template.
Appendix D: Sample Intake Form.
Appendix E: Sample Staff Survey.
Appendix F: Reflective Practice Worksheet.
About the Authors.