From The Denver Post:
Elissa Hardy wasn’t used to being the only social worker in the room, let alone in a whole organization.
But Hardy, the newly appointed community resource specialist at the Denver Public Library, is already making an impact in a way that’s helping many library patrons and also her coworkers.
The Denver Public Library funded Hardy’s job for two years starting in 2015 and she started work in late February as one of just a few social workers based in a public library system in North America. Hardy works at the central branch of Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway but can head to any of the 25 branches if needed.
According to Simone Groene-Nieto, a librarian at the community technology center on the fourth floor of the central branch, Hardy has been a huge asset to staff in the computer labs. Often times low-income people come to the library to use a computer and ask questions about receiving assistance. With Hardy’s experience, she can now help them not only find services, but also recommend one over another.
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