SFPL adds a social worker to the staff

San Francisco Public Library has added a professional social worker to the staff to manage issues relating to library users who are homeless or in poverty. They’re paying her a lot more than they pay the librarians, which is annoying. However, it looks to me like they are addressing the needs of poor people in the community in a serious way, and what they are doing might really work. Worth thinking about in other urban public libraries.

2 comments on “SFPL adds a social worker to the staff

  1. I think that hiring a social worker could be a good thing. It is true that a large percentage of our customers are in need of social services, especially in this economic environment.

    I believe that if San Fran keeps library services at the forefront, that the social worker will ve a plus.

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