A Social Worker in the Library

Yes, you are reading that correctly.  The San Francisco Public Library has added a social worker to their payroll.  A recent article describes the recent addition to the staff.  The main library branch has a lot of homeless patrons.  The library partnered with the local public help agency to add a social worker. 

The director of the library says the library is “the most democratic institute” and they want it to “be open to evevryone”. 

Wow!!!  How can libraries adapt and adopt such a bold move?  What else can we do?  How else can we partner and collaborate with? I am so proud to be a librarian.

Three cheers to you SFPL!  You all are true information activists!



Filed under Homeless, information activist, leadership, libraries

6 responses to “A Social Worker in the Library

  1. Three cheers? Unstated in the article, the move and the hiring of another person to monitor the bathrooms was necessitated by a refusal to use Internet filters in a legal fashion to reduce the attraction unfiltered computers has on certain parts of the community.

    Now they have a bathroom archivist.

  2. molaanth

    Archivist or activist? I’m not really clear how internet filters would have a profound impact on bathroom usage.

  3. molaanth

    Thank you for your response. As a librarian, I tried to find any information linking unfiltered computer usage in public libraries and crimes committed against children within the library. I could not find anything, but I would be interested to see the research you have conducted on the topic.


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