Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Social Worker on staff at Multnomah County Library as of April 2016

Not everywhere, but this continues to be a growing need in libraries with a transient population.

"The library doesn't keep much in the way of records on its patrons, but a 2013 survey of more than 1,000 of them — of whom, 80 percent were users of Central Library — found that 18.6 percent self-identified as homeless." 

"San Francisco was the first library to hire a social worker in 2009. Since then, a growing number of urban libraries are hiring or contracting with social workers; Pima County Library in Arizona even hired nurses."