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Stand Up for Health, successful preconference at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries

Posted by on September 19th, 2018 Posted in: Public Libraries
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On September 12 over 70 library staff members from across the US, including as far as Hawaii gathered for a full day preconference of Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness for Your Community at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) in Springfield, IL. The day is divided into four sections:

  • introduction to consumer health
  • health reference
  • health resources,
  • health and wellness programming and outreach

with break-out sessions and role-playing.

photo of the room at the preconference. Attendees are talking amongst themselves

The in-person version of Stand Up for Health meets for a full-day session and uses a Moodle companion site to assist with introductions, and 2 hours of preconference work, 2 hours of post-conference work, and ongoing discussion.

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The response from attendees is overwhelmingly positive. Including this email:

It was great! I look forward to going through the books that we got and to figuring out the best way to implement what I learned in our community. I’ve already had an occasion to use the line, “it’s not a time to talk about our personal stories, but a time to listen and help others.”

Geoff Pettys presenting at the

The preconference was made possible in part by a funding award from the Greater Midwest Region (GMR). Instructors included:

  • Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, NNLM, GMR
  • Carolyn Martin, Consumer Health Coordinator, NNLM Pacific Northwest Region;
  • Geoff Pettys, Head, Reference & Educational Services, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, NNLM Partner Outreach Library, Greater Midwest Region; and
  • Debbie Stanton, Public Services Supervisor – Information & Learning, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS, Consumer Health Information Specialist, Level 1

All participants who attended the in-person preconference session and complete the required pre and post work will receive a 12 credit Continuing Education (CE) certificate from the Medical Library Association (MLA) and be eligible to apply for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) from MLA. The NNLM sponsors the application fee.

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Public Library Association and supplement funding from NNLM, the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) has developed a course on health information services for public library staff. To develop this course we partnered with WebJunction and the Public Library Association (PLA) to incorporate feedback from public library participants and best practices for online learning. The final course is designed as a cohort experience for public library staff whether in-person or online.

Image of the author ABOUT Bobbi Newman
Bobbi's professional background includes work in public libraries. She currently serves as a member of the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) American Library Association (ALA) Advisory Committee. In the past, she has served as an ALA-Councilor-At-Large and on a variety ALA committees. In 2011 she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. She divides her time between her dog, reading fantasy and nonfiction, playing video games, and gardening.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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