The Business of Libraries

  • Abby O'Neill
Keywords: street safe training, security, poverty simulations


A library employee harkens back to an experience from 18 years ago during a training program about safety issues for a public library. She reflects on the differences she had with the trainer about what libraries provide in terms of social services and benefits in a public space. The daughter of social workers, whose goals of social justice and civic awareness have shaped her personally and professionally, the author compares librarianship with social work, and the confluence of both professions and philosophies.

Librarians as Helping Professionals