Speakers include Jean Badalamenti (DC Public Library), Robyn Berger-Gaston (Family Service League), Julianna Black (San Jose Public Library), Ashley Fuss (New York University), Elissa Hardy (University of Denver), Peter Allen Lee (San Jose State University), Peggy Morton (New York University), Margaret Ann Paauw (Eastern Michigan University), and Leah Topek-Walker (Stony Brook University).

Beyond Books: Supporting Social Workers in Libraries

May 6, 2024

Join us for a virtual conversation with national experts in library-based social work! Libraries are anchors in many communities, increasingly going beyond their traditional roles to serve the needs of neighborhoods in unique ways. This two-part conversation will look at how libraries across the country and here in New York have brought social workers into their branches, how that policy trend has developed in different places, and what the future of social workers in libraries may look like.

NYU McSilver’s Director of Evaluation Ashley Fuss will moderate these dynamic discussions. Please register to attend via Zoom.


  • photo of Jean Badalamenti, MSW

    Jean Badalamenti, MSW

    Health & Human Services Manager, DC Public Library

  • photo of Robyn Berger-Gaston, LCSW

    Robyn Berger-Gaston, LCSW

    Division Director, Family Service League of Long Island

  • photo of Julianna Black

    Julianna Black

    Program Specialist, San José Public Library

  • photo of Ashley Fuss, LMSW, PhD

    Ashley Fuss, LMSW, PhD

    Director of Evaluation, NYU McSilver Institute

  • photo of Elissa Hardy, LCSW, MSW, MELP

    Elissa Hardy, LCSW, MSW, MELP

    Adjunct Instructor, Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver

  • photo of Peter Allen Lee, PhD, MSW

    Peter Allen Lee, PhD, MSW

    Director and Professor, School of Social Work at San José State University

  • photo of Peggy Morton, DSW, MSW

    Peggy Morton, DSW, MSW

    Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Silver School of Social Work

  • photo of Margaret Ann Paauw, PhD, LCSW

    Margaret Ann Paauw, PhD, LCSW

    Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University

  • photo of Leah Topek-Walker, LCSW-R

    Leah Topek-Walker, LCSW-R

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Stony Brook School of Social Work

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