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.  stable funding

    Posted Aug 06, 2019 02:36 PM
    We have created a trauma-Iinformed library transformation project in a municipal public library that has been very successful. It was funded through a grant, but now it needs to be institutionalized with stable funding (not living grant to grant). Can anyone share their strategy for doing this--ways you approached local government, the library board, whatever...?

    Anna Scheyett
    UGA School of Social Work

  • 2.  RE: stable funding

    Posted Aug 23, 2019 12:47 PM
    Hi Anna,

    Are you looking for specific language or just examples of how libraries were able to continue their Social Worker programs after the end of a grant?


    Kathleen Hughes, PLA

    Kathleen Hughes
    Manager of Publications/Editor "Public Libraries"
    American Library Association
    Public Library Association

  • 3.  RE: stable funding

    Posted Aug 24, 2019 09:22 AM
    You may want to talk with the social workers at Denver Public Library to learn how they approached this problem--and succeeded there.

  • 4.  RE: stable funding

    Posted Aug 26, 2019 02:42 PM
    Hello all,

    I was hoping to hear from someone with better experience than what we've done at Denver PL, however feel free to reach out to me directly!


    Elissa Hardy, LCSW
    Community Resource Manager
    Denver Public Library

  • 5.  RE: stable funding

    Posted Aug 26, 2019 03:06 PM

    Oh, Elissa, don't sell yourself short!  I even know someone who used to work in your system, and your accomplishments inspire us.