Libraries are the hub of our communities and with collaboration and cooperation, progress is made and goals can be achieved. Libraries already provide a safe space, an opportunity for learning and creativity, assistance in times of need… but we can’t (nor should we want to) solve all of the world's problems on our own. My background in Social Work provides a foundation to understanding the needs of the community and how to build strong networks of support. I learned very quickly as the director of a small public library in a diverse community (and with a limited budget) that our success relied on creative partnerships, strategic initiatives, and how to effectively advocate for my board, my staff, and for my patrons. Too often libraries are used as a social safety net and librarians are forced to take on the role of social workers. As a Library Director and Social Worker, I will explain how libraries can apply a trauma-informed approach to library policies, services, materials, and how more libraries can host social work students. The poster will describe the history and progression of Library Social Workers and the history of libraries being centers of healing for communities. Other topics included on the posters include strategic planning and development, community needs assessments, resources for library staff, partnerships and collaboration, and budgeting.