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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 mconahan@ala.org.

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

Tweet: #wjwebinar and #libs4health

To register and learn more about this webinar go to http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/public-health-and-public-libraries.html 

Stress and the Relaxation Response

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

[Guest post by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell]

WHEN:  Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPICS:  “Stress and the Relaxation Response”

Stress is a very common reaction to disasters and humanitarian crises. Disaster-related stress affects the local population as well as the professionals and volunteers responding to a disaster. Even in the absence of a disaster, over 60% of visits (for any reason) to health care professionals are caused or exacerbated by stress for which there is no effective pharmacologic or procedural therapy. This presentation will focus on a counter-stress capacity –  the relaxation response. Its elicitation effectively counteracts stress and is therapeutic for a multitude of stress-related disorders. The relaxation response will be defined historically and physiologically. Its genomic underpinnings as well as its dramatic impact on health care resource utilization will be described.

 SPEAKERS:

Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine <http://bensonhenryinstitute.org> at Massachusetts General Hospital, Mind Body Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Manoj Bhasin, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics, Co-Director of Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center <http://bhasinlab.org/wp>, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School; James E. Stahl, MD, CM, MPH, Section Chief, General Internal Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine Geisel School of Medicine.

 LOGIN:  

To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 8, click on https://nih.webex.com/nih/e.php?MTID=m4a5a915363441fe83421baf80dbf19de

Meeting number: 627 830 517
Meeting password: 1234

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Or, if you are in the area you can attend the meeting in person at our offices at 6707 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD, Suite 440. Park in the visitor’s parking lot (we will validate your parking), walk to the middle building (Democracy Two) and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Suite 440 is around the corner behind the elevators.

 

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Guide to finding health information on Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/coping.html

Hope you can join us!

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell
NLM/SIS/DIMRC
301-496-2742, phone
301-480-3537, fax
siobhan.champ-blackwell@nih.gov
http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov

Specialization in Disaster Information, Level II, Medical Library Association, completed 2012

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