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covers of the 12 social work books listed below

Social Work Month

There aren’t many schools in which social work is such a core part of its identity.  At Wheelock, the college’s mission and motto – ” to improve the lives of children and families”- is a very familiar mission for social workers.  Unsurprisingly, social work is one of our most popular majors.  Besides our MSW in Social Work, we also have several social work graduate certificate programs.

March is Social Work Month.  The month is set aside to celebrate the invaluable and compassionate work that social workers do to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.  In recognition, I’ve compiled a list of some of our Library’s recent books related to social work:

covers of the 12 social work books listed below


A screencapture of the Wheelock at Worcester Research Guide from the Wheelock College Library.

Welcome, Wheelock@Worcester MSW students!

I want to extend a warm welcome to our newest cohort of Advanced Standing MSW students in the Wheelock@Worcester program!  The Wheelock College Library is here for you as you begin your studies with intensive summer classes.

To learn about what we can offer you, take a look at the library guide we created.

A screencapture of the Wheelock at Worcester Research Guide from the Wheelock College Library.

Throughout your program, you will need to conduct research for your papers and projects.  Whether you are writing a policy analysis, a literature review, or a treatment plan, you will need to find outside sources of information.  The library is here to help you access the information you need!

Get in touch with us early to find out how we can help you with a specific assignment.  You can call us (617-879-2222), email us (, or chat with us by using the yellow box on the library home page.  This kind of on-demand help is available every day that the library is open, from noon until closing!

You can also set up an appointment to meet with me, Maric Kramer, over phone or Skype.  In these one-on-one appointments, we’ll first talk about your assignment and your goals, and then we will work together to find the information you’ll need to:

  • inform yourself and others,
  • advocate for clients and communities, and
  • support evidence-based practice.

The Wheelock College Library has the people and resources you need to succeed in your MSW program.  So get in touch with us!  We look forward to hearing from you.

Social work students: Meet your new best friend!

Looking for trustworthy scholarly information in social work? Try the Encyclopedia of Social Work! Articles are written by experts and updated regularly, and they cover major areas of social work theory, research, policy, and practice. Here are just a few of the 400 articles you’ll find:

  • Alcohol and Drug Problems: Practice Interventions
  • Ecological Framework
  • Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community
  • Kinship Care
  • Intersectionality and Social Work
  • Welfare Rights

These articles would satisfy Goldilocks, if she were a social work student: they’re neither too deep nor too shallow, but just right.  Each provides a meaningful overview of a topic, and links to additional readings where you can learn more.

And best of all? The Encyclopedia of Social Work is free to you, courtesy of the Wheelock College Library.  This online resource is 100% available to all Wheelock College faculty, staff, and students:  no matter if you are in Boston or Worcester, in the BSW or MSW program, or are studying in a related field.

Check it out today!  You can access the Encyclopedia of Social Work here; from the Social Work research guide; or from the A to Z list of databases on the library website.

Image linked to the Encyclopedia of Social Work website.

Heeding the Call to Service and Higher Education

The Library’s very own Eric Clark was recently featured in a video on the Wheelock College website. Eric has been one of our student workers since the fall of 2015. In the video, Eric talks about his passion for helping others and how it led him to return to school and pursue a degree in Social Work. He brings to work with him every day the same enthusiasm and commitment he applies to his studies.

Check out the video below, or find it here on the college’s website.

We love that the video features so many scenes of Eric working and studying in the library! He is an absolute pleasure to work with and always jumps at an opportunity to help both students and coworkers. We want to congratulate Eric on being recognized by the college as a student who is truly inspiring a world of good, and we can’t wait to see where the rest of his journey takes him.


March is Social Work Month

Growing up, I always knew that social workers were a part of my story, but it took me decades to fully understand their precise role in how I became the person I am today.  In the mid-80s I was adopted from South Korea and came home to my family in Massachusetts.  Like many children, I loved to hear stories about when I was a baby, but unlike the traditional “coming home from the hospital” stories, I listened to how my parents worked with their social workers in Waltham and Seoul for many months, and then finally went to Logan Airport with my brother to meet their long-awaited daughter and sister; who had flown half-way around the world to join their family.  My social workers were simply a part of how I came home to my family, and their participation in my life has always felt like a natural extension of my history.  These social workers certainly made a positive, long-lasting impact on my life and I will be forever grateful for their work.

In the late 1980s there were not many children’s books with characters that looked like me or had families that were created like mine.  One book that I found as a teenager (that I wish I had a child) was Families Are Different, and a copy of the book is at the Wheelock College Library. Through my adolescence, I took great comfort in reading works by Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, who is a social worker and expert in adoption. Dr. Pavao recently spoke at Wheelock College this past October at the International Adoption and the Emerging Adult conference sponsored by the Colleges of the Fenway Counseling Services. She is an active speaker and panelist and participated at the Boston Korean Adoptees Film Festival which featured several documentary films by adoptees. A copy of her book, The Family of Adoption, is also available at the Library.

Finally, my mother, a youth services and international adoption social worker for over forty-years, is my constant reminder of how this profession assuredly impacts so many lives with few resources and limited prestige, and continues to be passionate and dedicated to help children and families.