Social Work / Social Welfare Committee Web Resources

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  • Human Service Organizations based on Human Service Organizations and Their Publications: A Directory of Selected Sources, edited by Francine M. DeFranco and Donna L. Ferullo. Council on Social Work Education, Inc., 1996. Text extracted by permission of the editors to EBSS Social Work / Social Welfare Committee.
  • Information Competencies for Social Work Students is intended for social work librarians and information specialists. Resources included are those committee members found helpful in their work. We welcome recommendations for improving the content of these pages.
  • Reference Sources is a section of web-based resources related to social work research, which committee members have found useful over time.
  • Social Work Selector's Toolbox
  • The EBSS Social Work/Social Welfare Committee is charged with the responsibility: to provide a forum for librarians who serve social work/social welfare fields in academic settings; to sponsor discussions and programs; to produce publications to meet the needs of this clientele; and to undertake liaison activities with other professional organizations as appropriate.

According to the Social Work Dictionary by Barker (1995), social work is defined as: "The applied science of helping people achieve an effective level of psychosocial functioning and effecting societal changes to enhance the well-being of all people". [Barker, R.L. (1995). The social work dictionary (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: NASW Press, p. 357-358.]

Social work education is based upon a specific body of knowledge, values and professional skills. It is grounded in the profession's history in the charities, corrections, and public welfare movements and in its philosophy centered on privilege, oppression, diversity and social justice. Education for the profession promotes the development and advancement of interdisciplinary knowledge, practice skill, and services that further the well being of all people, even in a global perspective. The need to developed informed practice and policy, built upon evidence-based research is an evolving directive. Key professional organizations for social work education are the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association for Social Workers.

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