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.

Invitation to Participate in or Recruit for a Research Study about Social Work Library Interns

  • 1.  Invitation to Participate in or Recruit for a Research Study about Social Work Library Interns

    Posted Oct 28, 2020 09:50 AM


    We are reaching out to former social work library interns* across the United States to invite them to participate in a confidential, anonymous, electronic survey about their experience with social work-library partnerships. This is an IRB approved study, the findings of which will be used in publications and presentations.

    *To supervisors of social work interns or librarians who worked with interns: We encourage you to forward this message 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.  

    It should take approximately 15-25 minutes to complete. We are hoping to have the surveys completed by November 16th. 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

    Sarah Johnson, MLIS, LMSW