Clarinda Lied Public Library, Part 5

“It’s really just providing the tools for people to learn with, you know? We provide books that have information and knowledge in them, but we’re not going to read them to you. A 3D printer is kind of the same way – it’s a tool that you’ll be able to use to either expand your…

Clarinda Lied Public Library, Part 4

“How do you envision the 3D printer being used at the library?” “Our library is smaller, so the 3D printer -” “Wait. Did you make a Yoda head?” “Yes, we did! Here – you can hold it if you want. So, because we’re a smaller library, I don’t think our 3D printer will be as…

Clarinda Lied Public Library, Part 3

“We’ve been fortunate here in Clarinda that we’ve been able to get a fair amount of grants and outside funding to provide new pieces of technology. But, part of it is that I’m passionate about it, and I try to communicate that to the community and potential donors so they understand why we need tablets…

Clarinda Lied Public Library, Part 2

“The exchange of information, I think, is why I enjoyed studying politics and then moved into libraries. If you aren’t aware what’s going on or if you don’t have the facts, often you can be taken advantage of or you are just ill-informed. As a library, we can help you be informed. We don’t want…

Clarinda Lied Public Library, Part 1

“I think one of the hardest things for me to see is smaller libraries that don’t embrace technology, whether it’s due to budget or a lack of skills or knowledge. To me, the role of the library has never been about just checking out books. A role of the library has been to allow for…

Social Work & Libraries, Part 6

“Or if we’re not at the library, but we’re working in the community. And we have a person who is trying to develop a career, get more knowledge, or access technology. We have to know: does our library provide that? Is it all right to refer that person to the library? For example, if I’m…

Social Work & Libraries, Part 5

“Professionals like me tend to be based in larger systems. I worked at the University of Iowa hospitals for ten years. Many patients didn’t know what we did there, but when we were needed, it made sense. Someone would come in and say, ‘My life is changed now. What do I do?’ We’d do a…

Social Work & Libraries, Part 4

“So where does social work come in? What can social workers do? First of all, like I’ve always said, be competent in what is going on in environments like these. Social workers want to work with folks who are in need or disenfranchised. Well, the library, that third space, is such a great place for…

Social Work & Libraries, Part 3

“I think the argument we hear a lot is, ‘Well, everything is going digital and people can access information remotely, so there’s no need for a community space to provide that.’ And… I just don’t subscribe to that. There’s a presumption of access in that statement. Libraries have always been a great place to find a level…

Social Work & Libraries, Part 2

“Libraries are always assumed to be a place where archived books are – where we check out the books we read. It’s been disheartening to see how there have been steps recently to devalue libraries in terms of a community supported entity. I know I’m speaking very generally, but I have read about areas where…

Social Work & Libraries, Part 1

“Social work is kind of finding itself at an interesting intersection where we are involved more with the library space. I think the reason for that is because the library is a community gathering location and social workers always, at the macro level, would like to be with people where they are. And just a…