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Social justice in libraries: social work roots and the progressive library mission

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Social justice in libraries: social work roots and the progressive library mission
  
Speaker:

Monique Oldfield, MSW, MLIS, Librarian, Wayne State University

Description:
Chicago is the perfect place to remember the origins of social work and continue work towards additional social justice efforts. Our commitment to community engagement in the library profession has a connection to many historical social reform efforts. Reflecting on the settlement house movement see how the beginnings of the social work profession lead into the role of the library as a change agent in the community today. The connection between social work and libraries is not new and continues to evolve. How do libraries commit to social justice efforts and make the most of our mission.

The library is the cultural center of the community beyond the provision of book materials. This presentation explores the origins of social work and social justice with a discussion of the settlement house movement and the role of the library as a change agent in the community today. The presenter utilizes photographs depicting both past and present social work in libraries accomplishments.

Going forward where should our efforts be placed? Social work in libraries can focus on many types of activities. Pantries to assist with emergency food, clothes, and personal care items. Citizenship and job search classes. Building literacy in its many forms such as financial literacy, data literacy, as well as increased reading skills. The profession has much to be proud of as a contributor to progressivism and increasing the potential of individuals in all areas of life.

Library Types:
Academic, Joint Use, Public, Student

Subject Headings:
Advocacy, Buildings and Facilities, Continuing Education, Diversity, Equity of Access, Ethics, Facilitation, Librarianship, Literacy, Outreach Services, Partnerships, Public Services, Social Change, Transforming Libraries, Trends and Forecasting, Urban Libraries