Hello Everyone, Welcome to a new year of learning, sharing and engagement! We have had a very successful first year! I am proud to announce that the Miami-Dade Public Library System will be hosting our very first Social Work Interns in Libraries beginning January 2020, which was initiated by the work of this group. SEFLIN and MDPLS have connected with FIU's Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work and we will have two Social Work Interns placed in two different libraries in the Miami-Dade Public Library System in January of 2020.
On another note Adam Davis, has committed himself to another year as our Chair. Thank you, Adam, for all your hard work and commitment to the cause of Social Services in Libraries, your input and efforts have been invaluable.
Adam Davis is the System Services Director at the Palm Beach County Library System and received his MLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His passion for serving under-resourced communities led to his founding of Urbana Champaign Books to Prisoners, now in its 15th year as well as the award-winning Palm Beach County Library System Community Research Service.
We have also added a Co-Chair Position which will be filled by Paul Lefrak, and Athanasia Fitos, (Athy).
Paul Lefrak is the Branch Manager of the Arcola Lakes Branch Library, part of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS). He also serves as co-chair of the MDPLS Social Services in Libraries Committee and is part of SEFLIN's Social Services Discussion Group. Previously he has worked for Broward County Library. He earned his MLIS from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2000) and an MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University (2019). He is owned by two black cats, the brothers Frik and Frak.
We are starting off the year with our first Social Services in Libraries Discussion Group Face to Face Event. Come join us on this new adventure, there is lots to learn and share. Be a part of bringing new hope and opportunity to your patrons, taking librarianship to new heights by considering, becoming aware of, and learning how to set programs in place to meet the needs of each Whole Person we serve. Below please find event specifics and the link to register.
Program Registration Link: https://netforumpro.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=SEFLIN&WebCode=EventDetail&evt_key=aba20332-414b-479b-b857-0ab3ba522c30
Social Services in Libraries: Catalyzing a Course
Education – Awareness – Navigating Change
Program Date Thursday November 7, 2019
Event Location: Delray Beach Public Library
100 W. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444
12:30 – 4:45 EST
12:45 – 1:15
BeWellPBC – A Behavioral Health Initiative is changing the Behavior Health landscape in Palm Beach County through "removing barriers, engaging the voice of the community and working to promote better health." Palm Health Foundations' Mission is to "inspire and fund solutions for better health in Palm Beach County through Community Collaboration" (2019, Palm Health Foundation). Ms. Zuckman will describe how existing organizations can connect and work together to develop coordinated community driven initiatives empowering communal focused solutions. Public Libraries play an important role as geographic hubs for information, services and resources. Collaborating, integrating and coordinating services with varied agencies who share common goals will benefit libraries and the communities they serve.
1:15 – 2:15
2:15 – 3:15
III. Social Services Programming in the Library – Trauma Informed Programming, Current Social Services Programming in the Library - Panel Discussion
3:30 – 4:45
Topic: Social Work Interns in Libraries – Making the Case – Understanding Requirements, Current Trends, and Handling Conflict