"Increasingly, the answers to our patrons' questions seem to lie outside the walls of our libraries rather than within them. As more and more folks approach our desks with questions regarding basic needs assistance and other social problems, we must begin to consider our work in ways beyond books and typical customer service. We know that libraries can change lives. In smaller communities, libraries can also save lives.
This session will highlight the difficulties facing many patrons, how the public library serves to protect them, and ways our institutions can strengthen the resiliency of individuals and communities."
Instructor: Patrick Lloyd, LMSW is the first library social worker in Texas and the only helping professional on City of Georgetown staff. Working within a suburban community, Patrick's work is holistic in nature and includes assessment and referral of patrons with diverse needs, identification of local resource gaps, advocating for expansion of social service capacity within the city, and serving as a liaison between city staff and local nonprofit agencies. He is a member of the PLA Social Work Task Force, created in the fall of 2018. Patrick has presented at ALA, PLA, and Texas Library Association Conferences and at state library-sponsored functions across the country.
Webinar link will be emailed to registered attendees the day before the event.
This project is made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.