Community Liaison - Social Workers in the Library


Cause Areas


Mon Aug 01, 2016 - Thu Jun 01, 2017


King Library150 E. San Fernando StreetSan Jose, CA 95112


Are you outgoing, sensitive, compassionate and detail oriented? Volunteers are needed for both King Library and East Branch Library, to assist in setting up the areas in which social workers meet with their library customers. Customers and social workers need to be warmly greeted and comfortably settled. Volunteers offer support to customers, helping them to complete an initial waiver and following their consultation, a satisfaction survey. At the conclusion of our program, volunteers pack up all resource and display items, and ensure that they are easily accessible for the following session.

Customers are scheduled for twenty minute appointments with volunteer social workers, to discuss a variety of issues deeply effecting their well being, or that of a family member or friend. People come in search of possible solutions or guidance for the situations they are facing, and are welcomed with sensitivity, an open mind and resources they can use.

Social Workers in the Library (SWITL) is a program initiated at the King Library, in partnership with San Jos State University's School of Social Work, the National Association of Social Workers - California Chapter , and the SJSU School of Library and Information Services. Social workers volunteer their time to meet with the public at the King Library (1st and 4th Mondays of each month, 6-8 p.m.) and the Biblioteca Branch Library (3rd Monday of the month, 6-8 p.m.) offering information/referral, and advice, based on their knowledge and years of experience, absolutely FREE of charge.


  • People Skills
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Case Work / Management
  • Human Resources Assistance
  • Library Sciences

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 hours/month
  • Patience, Empathy, Good Listening Skills. Fingerprint clearance required.
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