Social Work Interest Group

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This community is for anyone interested in learning more about social work in public libraries. The PLA Social Worker Task Force will use this space to discuss issues facing public libraries, provide a space to connect with others, generate and share best practices and resources.
  • 1.  Librarians with Bachelor degree in Social Work/Human Services

    Posted Mar 25, 2021 01:03 PM
    Hello everyone,

    I have a student at my university who is getting their bachelor degree in human services but hadn't considered going into librarianship as a possible career path. After discussing just how much of a benefit their expertise would be in the library setting, as a librarian with a bachelor's in human services, they're excited about the possibility of getting an MSLIS/MLIS.

    I wanted to know if anyone has gone down this same career path and would be willing to speak with them?

    Thank you in advance!,
    Rachelle

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    Rachelle Brandel
    User and Engagement Services Specialist
    Missouri Baptist University
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  • 2.  RE: Librarians with Bachelor degree in Social Work/Human Services

    Posted Jun 24, 2021 11:20 AM
    Hi Rachelle,

    I did take this same path. Bachelor's in Human Services with internships at various agencies then chose MLIS for my career path. I am a public librarian in NYC now and would be willing to chat with someone considering the same path.

    Best,
    Laura Stein
    Adult Librarian
    New York Public Library

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    Laura Stein
    Senior Adult Librarian
    New York Public Library
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  • 3.  RE: Librarians with Bachelor degree in Social Work/Human Services

    Posted Jun 24, 2021 12:30 PM
    I am happy to speak with Rachelle.