MSW Students Now Offering Services at Enoch Pratt Librarys

from the Baltimore Sun:

Social workers now available at four branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will offer some counseling services and help patrons with other tasks such as filling out forms for disability benefits.

Representatives of the library system said they decided to offer the services because so many people were coming in with questions that needed the expertise of a social worker.

“A lot of what we were doing was overlapping into the social work field,” said Herbert Malveaux, the Pratt’s assistant chief of neighborhood library services. “People come to the library for all types of information." The social workers, who are graduate students from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, will be located at the Pennsylvania Avenue, Hamilton, Brooklyn and Southeast Anchor branches. Two interns will be available two to three days a week for several hours at each of the branches. A field instructor, who is a licensed social worker, will roam the branches and offer some counseling.