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So You Want to Be a Social Worker?

 So, you want to be a social worker? Getting your MSW at UAlbany is a great place to start. While you are currently focused on attending classes, studying and gaining practical field experience, you should also make some time to plan for success. Fortunately, the University Libraries has a host of resources to help in the planning process for both graduate school and career success, including: 


101 Careers in Social Work by Jessica A. Ritter, Halaevalu F.O. Vakalahi and Mary Kiernan-Stern. New York: Springer Pub. Co., c2009. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 10.5 R58 2009.


Becoming a Social Worker: Global Narratives edited by Viviene E. Cree. New York: Routledge, 2013. Dewey Library / HV 247 B395 2013.


The Call to Social Work: Life Stories by Craig Winston LeCroy. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, c2012. Dewey Library / HV 40 L38 2012.


Careers in Social & Rehabilitation Services by Geraldine Garner. New York: McGraw-Hill, c2008. University Library / Reference: HF 5381 G39 2008.


Career Reflections of Social Work Educators by Spencer J. Zeiger. Chicago: Lyceum Books, c2010. Dewey Library / HV 11 Z43 2010. 


Food for Thought: A Two-Year Cooking Guide for Social Work Students by Kevin Corcoran and collaborators. Chicago: Lyceum Books, 2013. Dewey Library / TX 833.5 C667 2013.


Getting Your MSW: How to Survive and Thrive in a Social Work Program by Karen M. Sowers and Bruce A. Thyer. Chicago: Lyceum Books, c2013. Dewey Library / HV 11.7 S68 2013.


Working in Social Work: The Real World Guide to Practice Settings by Jessica Rosenberg. New York: Routledge, c2009. Dewey Library / HV 10.5 R67 2009.


In addition, there are a number of websites and blogs that are helpful in navigating grad school, staying abreast of current social work issues and planning for the future. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest professional association for social workers in the world. Its website is full of information and resources for professional development, advocacy and professional practice. The blog Social Workers Anonymous has a useful post on surviving grad school, which offers straightforward tips on getting to graduation. has compiled a list of 101 great sites for social workers and a list of the top 50 blogs for social work professionals.


For more information on this and other social welfare topics, contact subject specialist Elaine Lasda Bergman at 442-3695 or


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