Enter your email to be notified of webinars and new blog posts.

Originally presented February 17, 2021

Many libraries across the country now have an additional yet untraditional resource to provide patrons - a social worker.

Whether full time, part time, or through a partnership the presence of a social worker can be beneficial to both patrons and staff alike. 

Tiffany Russell, LMSW, the Social Services Manager at Niles District Library (MI) discusses the Social Workers in Rural and Small Libraries project and the work being done to promote this initiative. 

This webinar explores this emerging field, the role social workers play, and how libraries can find creative ways to utilize social workers.

Click below to experience this webinar as a tutorial. When you continue past the introduction to the webinar, you'll be prompted to log in. We require login to view the whole tutorial so we can provide certificates of completion for your records and for professional development credit. No purchase is required and you can create a Niche Academy account if you don't already have one. The certificate will be available for download when you have completed all sections of the tutorial.  


Click the link below to download the presentation slides:
Social Work in Rural and Small Libraries

Tiffany Russell

Tiffany Russell, LMSW is a licensed clinical social worker and the Social Services Manager at Niles District Library in Niles, MI. She received her MSW from Western Michigan University. Tiffany oversees the Social Workers in Rural and Small Libraries (SWIRSL) program, a grant funded project, which provides patrons with information, referrals and resources as well as develops collaborative relationships with local social service agencies. Additionally, the SWIRSL program provides information and training for library staff on various topics. The program provides social work interns to six other public libraries in Southwest Michigan. Tiffany was the recipient of the Field Instructor of the Year award for Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work – Southwest Campus in 2019. She is a part-time instructor for Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work. She resides in Southwest Michigan with her spouse, two children, and chocolate lab.

logo only (1)

Niche Academy provides training and tutorials for best practices on many topics, including the basics of working with a social worker and the benefits of having one at the library, available with your subscription!

Get a Price

Find out how Niche Academy helps libraries increase eResource usage by 70% in one year!LEARN MORE