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Title:Is there a social worker in your public library?
Author(s):Gross, Melissa; Latham, Don
Subject(s):Social work in libraries
Social services in libraries
Survey research
Abstract:This paper reports on a survey of public library administrators in a Southeastern state in the United States concerning the employment of social workers in public libraries. This is a topic of growing interest in librarianship that has been given little attention in the research literature. The main objectives of this study are to establish baseline data on the employment of social workers in public libraries in one state and to explore the perceived benefits and drawbacks of having social workers on-site at public libraries. A short online survey using Qualtrics was employed attempting a census of public library administrators. Findings will provide important baseline data in a developing area of inquiry that will support future research. Implications for research, for the profession, and for educating information professionals will be discussed.
Issue Date:2021-09-20
Series/Report:Public libraries
Social justice
Critical librarianship
Education programs/schools
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17

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