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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.

Reminder: Invitation to Recruit for a Research Study about Social Work Library Interns

  • 1.  Reminder: Invitation to Recruit for a Research Study about Social Work Library Interns

    Posted Nov 11, 2020 06:25 AM

    Hello again, 


    This is a follow up email reminding you there is still time to help recruit participants for our research study. If you have already done so, thank you, you can ignore this message.


    We are reaching out to social work supervisors and librarians across the United States who have worked with social work student interns who completed their field placements at public libraries. In our efforts to recruit participants, we are asking you to please forward this email to former interns who you think may be interested in participating in our study. 


    Our research aims to unearth former interns' perspectives about what worked regarding their library field placements, what didn't, and how their experiences may have influenced their paths as professional social workers.  


    The survey should take approximately 15-25 minutes to complete. We are hoping to have the surveys completed by November 25th.


    This is a confidential, anonymous, electronic survey about their experiences with social work-library partnerships. This is an IRB approved study, the findings of which will be used in publications and presentations.


    Here is the link to the Qualtrics survey: Library SW Interns Survey.


    If you have questions, please contact Sarah Johnson.


    Thank you for your interest in this project.




    Sarah Johnson, LMSW, MLIS

    Assistant Professor and Social Sciences Librarian at Hunter College 


    Margaret Ann Paauw, LCSW

    Library Social Worker-Chicago Public Library

    PhD Student & Research Assistant-Loyola University Chicago


    Mark Giesler, PhD, LMSW

    Professor of Social Work

    Saginaw Valley State University