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Books Behind Bars

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Glennor Shirley, head librarian for Md. prisons, believes in books behind bars
Washington Post, Mar. 25
Glennor Shirley , head librarian for Maryland prisons, is responsible for the rows of books behind the barbed-wire fences at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland and 16 other state prison libraries. The inmate behind the reference desk, a convicted murderer, asks her, “Remember when you locked me in a room until I learned how to use that computer [a Commodore 64]?” Murderers, rapists, thieves, and drug dealers have been relying on Miss Shirley, as she is always called by library visitors, for more than two decades to get them novels, magazines, and textbooks. [American Libraries Direct 3/30/2011]

K-12 Outreach from a Health Sciences Library

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
The Mobile School Health Information Initiatve (MoSHI) was funded by the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine from February 1, 2010 – February 28, 2011. Led by staff at the Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine, MoSHI was a train-the-trainer program to connect K-12 librarians in the St. Louis metropolitan area with credible health information. For more details on the project, and tips on how to be successful if you want to carry out a similar project in your library, read the entry in the Library Success Wiki

Looking for ideas on other outreach and library projects? Go to the Library Success Wiki’s Section “Services for Health Information Consumers” OR add your own entry! For a guide to walk you through making an entry see

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2011 Funding

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2011
(RFQ No. NLM-0011-049-SES)
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.
Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • State-of-the-art resources;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Document Access.

Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Standard Awards are offered for up to $60,000; Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000.
Quotations are due to NLM on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
The solicitation for the 2011 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site ( Small Businesses can apply to a specific set-aside: (NLM-0011-0049-KDB).

Public Libraries As Healthy Places

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise…So does going to the public library.
Submitted by Fatima Perkins, Adult Services Manager
Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio
OLOS Columns
February 25, 2011
Can the library really make someone healthy, wealthy and wise? Well, we can give it a try. Call them what you may, baby boomers, silent generation, greatest generation, older adults (65+) now account for 13% of the United States population. Now more than ever, the public library being a community focal point has an opportunity to engage communities and transform lives. Three areas include health, finances, and brain power.

InBrief: The Foundations of Lifelong Health

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
“In this seven minute presentation, you’ll find how researches from the fields of neuroscience, biology, and public health present the tangible links between what goes on inside our bodies to how that’s impacted on our health throughout our lives. As a librarian – and an advocate for literacy and health literacy – I was particularly thrilled to see libraries on the list of important resources that contribute to our health. So…support your local library! Support your community. It’s good for your health” [posting by Michelle Helliwell, Librarian ]

Best Small Library in America 2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
Congratulations to Naturita Community Library, in the town of Naturita, CO, population 665!

“Open 57 hours a week over six days, the library continually creates a vibrant and responsive community center for Naturita and the surrounding small towns. There patrons tap into technology, distance education, and broad programming aimed at all. Its innovation in these areas, and so much more, has won the library LJ’s 2011 Best Small Library in America Award, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

Communities Accessing Technology

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

What is Community Informatics?
Michael Gurstein presented to the group “Librarians without Borders” at the University of British Columbia to discuss community informatics [Digital Inclusion Network (DIN) listserv)]

For minorities, new ‘digital divide’ seen
The Washington Post
By Jesse Washington
The Associated Press
Sunday, January 9, 2011
When the personal computer revolution began decades ago, Latinos and blacks were much less likely to use one of the marvelous new machines. Then, when the Internet began to change life as we know it, these groups had less access to the Web and slower online connections – placing them on the wrong side of the “digital divide.” [Digital Inclusion Network (DIN) listserv)]

FEMA Recognizes Libraries as Essential Community Organizations

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Library Journal
by Michael Kelley
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) changed its policy on January 7 to allow libraries to be eligible for temporary relocation during major disasters and emergencies under the FEMA Public Assistance Program. [DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB ]

Finding Spanish Language Health Information

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

¿No Comprende?  Online Health Resources for English Speakers Serving Spanish Speaking Communities

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, will present two free online classes for librarians who want to connect their Spanish speaking patrons with good health information.  The NNLM is working with Heartland REFORMA on this.

Where: Elluminate (online)
When: Wednesdays, February 2 and 16, 2011, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
To register: (sign up for both sessions separately)

More information:

Mulitple Language Videos

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
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.