Free webinar TODAY, July 13, 10am – Cultivating Protective Libraries: An Introduction to Public Library Social Work (sponsored by NNLM Region 3)

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 3, housed at the Gibson D. Lewis Library, would like to invite you to join us for the next session of our monthly webinar series. Health Bytes is a monthly 1 hour series that focuses on topics of interest to clinicians, researchers, faculty, and information professionals.

Details on joining the meeting are available at the event link below. The session is free to any interested parties.

Webinar Description:
In 2009, San Francisco Public Library created the first dedicated, full-time position for a helping professional. Since then, library social work has spread to over four dozen systems around the United States. This session will introduce library social work, its history, and emerging best practices. We will consider the library as a protective factor in the lives of vulnerable populations. Special attention will be paid to the need for person-centered, trauma-informed lenses into the university education of future librarians.

Presenter Description:
Patrick Lloyd, LMSW was the first public library social worker in Texas. He currently works as a Community Resilience Consultant for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Patrick is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Steve Hicks School of Social Work and co-chairs the PLA Social Worker Task Force, created in 2019. Patrick has presented at ALA, PLA, and the Texas Chapter, National Association of Social Workers annual conferences and for information professionals around the country. He lives in Georgetown, TX with a grumpy beagle.

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