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Baystate Health Sciences Library Celebrates NMLM

Thursday, November 19th, 2015



The librarians at Baystate Health had some fun with National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)!  The librarians hosted a full day of events including online demos, games and door prizes, library crossword puzzles, and snacks/beverages. They created a display table of Baystate author publications, helped people get apps onto their mobile devices, and provided the ambience of relaxing George Winston music.  Staff wore the purple T-shirts with the logo “Keep calm and ask the librarian.”  Ellen Brassil, Director of the Health Sciences Library, shared, “We can’t wait to do something new next year, and hope we got our message across, and keeping calm or not will ask the librarian!”





Improving Health Literacy, One Public Library at a Time

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

What do Pharell Williams and the NN/LM have in common?  Both are featured in the most recent issue of the American Libraries Magazine.  In the article, “Improving Health Literacy, One Public Library at a Time,” Lea Radick provides an introduction to the NN/LM and shares stories from successful health information literacy projects, including our Focused Outreach project with the New Hampshire State Library.  After you read “Improving Health Literacy,” check out the article about Pharell’s non-profit, From One Hand to AnOTHER (FOHTA) and his new book, Happy!

ACRL Immersion Program applications due Dec 14

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

ACRL invites applications for the 2016 Information Literacy Immersion Program.  Friday, December 4, 2015 is the deadline to apply to Immersion ’16 (Teacher and Program tracks).  The ACRL Immersion Program provides instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively for several days on all aspects of information literacy. Whether your institution is just beginning to think about implementing an information literacy component or whether you have a program well under way, the Immersion Program will provide you with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to build or enhance your institution’s instruction program.

“This blew my mind. I fully intend to change how I teach and influence the information literacy program on my campus.” ~  Immersion Program Participant

Immersion ’16 (Teacher and Program tracks) will be held at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, July 24-29, 2016.  Acceptance to Immersion ’16 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.  Applications are due December 4, 2015.

Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in refreshing, enhancing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Program Track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs.  Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in case studies developed prior to the program.

Complete details and application materials are available online.  Questions about ACRL Immersion ’16 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at

Public Health and Public Libraries

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

 Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders

A webinar exploring health-related outreach, programming, training, and funding so that your library can improve the health literacy of your community.

Misinformation about health abounds in today’s info-glutted environment. What is the role of public libraries in addressing issues of accurate health information? Public libraries are uniquely positioned to contribute to healthy communities by providing informed access to reliable health information. This panel presentation provides an overview of the field of public health, highlighting innovative health promotion initiatives at public libraries, and covering training and funding resources for health-related library outreach and programming. Join the conversation about building your community’s health literacy.

Presented by:

  • Lydia N. Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region
  • Anita Kinney, Program Analyst, United States Access Board
  • Christian Minter, Nebraska/Education Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region

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