Yesterday I posted the link to the Omaha Public Libraries YouTube Video on how to use the library. As I looked at the site more closely, I realized that they have made several versions of this video in multiple languages. Versions with subtitles include Arabic, Karen, Somali, Spanish and Swahili; audio versions are available in Arabic, Karen, Somali, Spanish, Sudanese-Nuer, Swahili as well as English. You can see links to others in the lower left hand corner where it says Recent Activity.
Archive for the ‘Public Library’ Category
The Omaha Public Library video explains concepts of the public library system including how to get a library card, and explaining basic terms such as “borrow” and “check out”. They point out that you need proof of residence and an ID, but you don’t need to be a US citizen.
Towards a National Transition Plan for Libraries
Public libraries are undergoing huge changes in the shift from analog to digital media. Some large city libraries have hired digital strategists to help them take appropriate steps in this transition. Smaller or poorer libraries don’t have the benefit of having a full-time staff person working on the transition. To keep those libraries from falling behind, it makes sense to devise a national plan for this transition – a plan that will unfold in increments over the next ten years. With such a plan in place, libraries – and the communities they serve – will have a good idea of where their own libraries are in the transition.
A map of Public Library closures in the United Kingdom
Outstanding Public Library/Public Health Partnership Awards
Awards will be offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NE, MO, KS, WY, UT or CO) to recognize public libraries that have had successful public library/public health partnerships involving health information. Recipients will receive a $200 cash award or gift.
Kim Leeder writes: “Even in my university library we see individuals on a regular basis who appear to fit the homeless profile. Have I ever helped them, or has my library been doing anything to help? Not beyond the definitions of what we do for any other community user, and in fact perhaps less. I’d like to dedicate this blog post to some of the libraries that have met the call for help in their communities and share their stories from my research and reading on this topic. Perhaps these stories can remind us of our ability—and responsibility—to work with local organizations to create programs and services to assist the needy in our own towns and cities.”…
[In the Library with the Lead Pipe, Dec. 1/ American Libraries Direct 12/1/2010]
REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, is hold it’s fourth national conference in Denver, CO in 2011
Elevating Latino Services to a Higher Level: Juntos in the Mile High City!
September 15 – 18, 2011
Presentations should reflect the overall theme of the conference, “Elevating Latino Services to a Higher Level: Juntos in the Mile High City.” Presentations are 75 minutes long, including a question/answer period. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 15, 2011. Final selections will be made by the evaluation committee in early February and notifications will be sent out on February 15, 2011. Submit proposals online at http://tinyurl.com/23e48mo
By Holly Ramer
Associated Press Writer / October 17, 2010
Daniel Rockmore, who teaches math and computer science, and Marcelo Gleiser, who teaches physics and astronomy, recently were awarded $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation for a project designed to get people interested in the scientific process and how science affects their daily lives. The professors chose rural libraries as the setting because they often are the social centers of small towns far away from science museums.[Center for Rural Affairs ]
¿No Comprende? Online Health Resources for English Speakers Serving Spanish Speaking Communities
co-taught by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Rebecca Brown
Nov. 10, 2010
9:00am – 1:00 pm
Mid-Continent Public Library
15616 East 24 Highway
Register online at http://tinyurl.com/mcrclasses
Do you have a growing Latino population in your community? Do you need to quickly find health information in Spanish but don’t know where to look? Are the only words in your Spanish vocabulary burrito and gracias? If you answered yes to these questions, then this is the class for you. This 4-hour hands-on class will cover resources for learning basic medical and Internet Spanish vocabulary. You will also learn to evaluate and identify health websites in Spanish to which you can direct your patrons.
Arranged with the participation of Heartland REFORMA
Health Literacy Podcast on Health Care 411
In this Podcast, AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy urges consumers to ask questions and repeat back instructions to improve comunication with health care providers. Listen to or download the Podcast at: http://www.healthcare411.ahrq.gov/radiocastseg.aspx?id=1141&type=seg [ [Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) updates]
Updated Guide: Locating Medical and Health Information
The Guide is a list of sources (print and online) used to answer questions related to health and medicine in the Science Reading Room at the Library of Congress.
Health Literacy Missouri Plain Talk Blog
The new weekly blog from Health Literacy Missouri will focus on some aspect of health literacy. This includes highlighting local events and initiatives taking place within Missouri as well as sharing health literacy news from across the United States and beyond.
Sarah Houghton-Jan writes: “It’s hard to find good online technology tutorials, especially those for quick and basic computer skills. Harder still to find some that meet our high expectations as information professionals. So why not turn to the library world itself? Here is a collection of my top five favorite sites for these quick computer-training materials.” [ALA Learning, Sept. 25/merican Libraries Direct 9/29/2010]
Get out and REACH! Outreach Projects and Health Information
September 8, 2010
9:00am – 3:00pm
Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Lincoln, NE
All events are free! Registration available until September 1, 2010 at: http://www.tinyurl.com/mcrclasses
Start the day with an panel of experts
- Nick Butler—Health Literacy Missouri http://www.healthliteracymissouri.org/
- Josie Rodriguez—Consumer Outreach Coordinator for Nebraska Attorney General’s Office http://www.ago.ne.gov/consumer/
- Gary A. Wasdin—Director—Omaha Public Library http://omahapubliclibrary.org/
Attend two classes and a networking lunch!
If you are involved with providing health information, please join us next month in Lincoln, Nebraska!