University of Illinois Chicago: Online library collection celebrates Hull-House on anniversary of founder’s death

University of Illinois Chicago: Online library collection celebrates Hull-House on anniversary of founder’s death. “To help commemorate the life of Jane Addams on the 87th anniversary of the Nobel Laureate’s death, the University of Illinois Chicago Library has released digitized yearbooks and annual reports from the settlement house she co-founded. The collection is now available online to students, researchers and the public. Addams, who died on May 21, 1935, co-founded Chicago’s Hull-House with her partner, Ellen Gates Starr, in 1889. The home on the densely populated Chicago’s Near West Side was the first settlement house in the United States that offered social services to the communities. These services included legal aid, an employment office, child care, crafting and domestic skills training.”

Tweeting Social Justice: How Social Work Faculty Use Twitter (British Journal of Social Work)

British Journal of Social Work: Tweeting Social Justice: How Social Work Faculty Use Twitter . “Social media are considered useful tools for academic purposes. Our exploratory study offers insight into the use of Twitter by social work faculty in the USA. Employing an online survey, this study investigates Twitter usage among a sample of social work faculty (n = 274) from the top-fifty-ranked MSW programmes in the USA. Slightly more than half of the participants had Twitter accounts, the majority of whom use Twitter as part of their academic work. The most common motivations for using Twitter include promoting one’s research, raising awareness about an area of research and engaging in networking with peers. This study contributes to the literature by describing the prevalence and patterns of Twitter usage among social work academics and lays a foundation for future research, investigating its effectiveness in increasing awareness and promoting changes related […]

Social Workers Sue Facebook, Google… and WordPress

More lawsuits against tech companies, only this one is against Facebook, Google… and WordPress? “The Tel Aviv municipality and eight social workers employed by the city filed a lawsuit on Monday against media giants Facebook, WordPress and Google, seeking 2 million shekels (about $516,000). The suit accuses these companies of providing a platform for severe defamation and harassment of the social workers.”

Using Live Twitter Chats in Social Work Education

Found, in a roundabout way, on Academia.edu: Tweet, Tweet!: Using Live Twitter Chats in Social Work Education. The abstract: “This article focuses on the use of Twitter and how it can be used to help students develop professional social work skills through live chats. An overview of the literature on Twitter in education is provided along with a discussion on New Media Literacies. A description of a live Twitter chat assignment with social work students is provided along with results from a survey assessing learning outcomes from the experience. Implications for social work education and suggestions for future research are also provided.”