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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!

Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

You are invited to join us for our upcoming webinars in a four-part series on Planning & Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects.

Register on our training calendar.

Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects
Tuesday, December 1st 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Come learn how to connect activities to outcomes with a logic model. Participants will have a chance to share ideas for outreach to community partners and get feedback from others.

Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data
Thursday, January 14th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) leadership will go over the ins and outs of data collection methods. We will learn how to analyze data for quantitative methods and qualitative methods.

Health Information Outreach Project Planning and Evaluation Showcase
Tuesday, April 12th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Share your completed worksheets and activities from the Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects booklets. The showcase is open to all NER network members interested to learn more about getting started with community-based outreach, planning outcomes-based outreach projects, and collecting and analyzing evaluation data.

If you missed the first webinar and would like to view the recording, please contact Michelle Eberle at

If you participate in all four sessions of this project, you will receive 8 Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization credits.  You will only need 4 other credits to qualify for the MLA CHIS Level 1.

This project is led by Margot Malachowski (Baystate Health), Michelle Eberle (NN/LM NER), Cindy Olney (NN/LM OERC), and Karen Vargas (NN/LM OERC) and sponsored by the NN/LM Healthy Communities COI (Community of Interest).

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 

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