Episode 264 - Carrie Draper and Dr. Kirk Foster: Exploring the Integration of Social Workers into the Library Setting

Monday, May 20, 2019, 9:23:51 AM

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Can a public library be conceptualized as a human service organization? In this episode, our guests Carrie Draper and Dr. Kirk Foster describe how they are leveraging the library's familiarity and resources by placing social work interns and professionals in these non-traditional settings. Our guests describe the natural fit and the challenges inherent in this approach and what they are learning about how services and roles change in this creative endeavor.

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Average Rating: 4stars  a shift away from the traditional, Friday, January 31, 2020

By Jennifer Jaikaran :

 Thank you for taking the time to record and share this podcasts. I loved the idea of introducing social workers to non-traditional settings. Historically, libraries were known for reading magazines and books. Over the years, however, libraries have become a social hub for a many individuals for a variety of reasons. Since technology was introduced into our “way of life”, libraries provided a way for those who do not have a computer at home to have access technology. Individuals such as senior citizens, veterans, children of all ages, and families often benefit from services offered at libraries. Why not social services? Libraries is the core foundation for providing resources to individuals, and the same can be said for social workers!

Personally, I go the library with my children to explore books but my children love the video games. During these visits, I noticed that were many individuals, who utilized the services, including those who were homeless. For a person struggling for shelter, the library can be a place of refuge. I love your creative perception of ways social workers can reach the community. You used a simple, non-traditional setting and created an effective way, which social workers can help their community by reaching the client where they are, a core value of the social work practice.

Listening to your podcast has really helped me think about other places where social workers can be the connection between individuals and the resources that meet their needs. Again, thank you for taking the time to explore the delivery of social services in nontraditional environments. I am excited, I feel this generation of social workers will be breaking the social work glass ceiling.

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Average Rating: 4stars  library social work is great example of community social work, Friday, July 12, 2019

By David Markham, LCSWR :

This is a great discussion of a new field of practice. It strikes me as a great example of case management which involves "case finding" and then assessment, planning, linking, monitoring linkage, evaluation of goal achievement as described in the plan.

The idea of pullic libraries and Social Workers collaborating to enhance the quality of life in the community is very powerful. As a private practitioner I have many poor clients who use the library for the internet to find jobs and comply with DSS requirements to keep their cases active and get reactivated. Perhaps county social Service departments should provide some funding for Social Work case managers to be in public libraries.

Thanks for a great podcast!

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