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[DEI Training Series] Librarianship, COVID-19, and Homelessness: Informing Library Practice with Social Work Perspectives

Recent trends in librarianship have resulted in increased collaboration between social workers and librarians. Social work service models, approaches to interacting with clients, and ethics align well with the goals of librarianship. The COVID-19 pandemic has strained communities and their libraries in unexpected ways, and libraries have responded in equally innovative, compassionate, and creative ways. The number of unhoused people and families has been exacerbated by the pandemic. How can we learn from the field of social work and implement it in our practice? This workshop will address this question by specifically examining the context of the pandemic and its impact on people experiencing homelessness by addressing the following topics:

  • Assumptions regarding people experiencing homelessness
  • The impact of COVID-19 on homelessness in communities in New England, and specifically Massachusetts
  • Social work skills to supplement library workers’ expertise in supporting patrons experiencing homelessness
  • Social work service models that may be helpful in considering how to support patrons experiencing homelessness

These topics and more will be addressed during the 90 minute workshop. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss scenarios in small groups, participate in self-reflection exercises, and share their perspectives and experiences with others throughout the workshop.

Will this Workshop be Recorded? Yes


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)

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