Jane, Edith and I: Twenty Years in the Helping Professions, One Hundred Years Apart

  • Margaret Bausman Hunter College / City University of New York
Keywords: helping, Helping, human needs, Human Needs, social work history, Social Work History, library history, Library History


Writing as both a social worker and a librarian, I reflect upon my twenty years as a helping professional. This narration is interspersed with reflections on the history of the social welfare reform and public library movements during the Progressive Era. Highlighting the contributions of two seminal Progressive Era predecessors in conjunction with my own experience, I illuminate the interconnectedness of the core values between these helping professions, past and present.

Author Biography

Margaret Bausman, Hunter College / City University of New York

Margaret Bausman, LCSW-R, MSLIS

Margaret Bausman is a member of the Hunter College Libraries faculty since 2011.  Holding the rank of Assistant Professor, she is the Head of the Schools of Social Work and Public Health Library which serves the academic and research needs of the Silberman School of Social Work and the CUNY School of Public Health.  Prof Bausman earned a masters in social work from New York University in 1995 and a masters in library and information science from Long Island University's Palmer School in 2010.

Librarians as Helping Professionals