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Opportunity for Librarians to Attend Conference on Community Outreach

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Libraries will be hosting the 2009 Promotores de Salud Conference Friday, October 2, 2009 at the Isla Grand Beach Resort, South Padre Island, Texas.

Library staff and other community agencies are planning this conference with the following objectives:

  1. Increase promotores’ (community health workers) awareness of health information resources, especially those appropriate for the diverse Rio Grande Valley community;
  2. Empower promotores personally and professionally as advocates for health information, health careers, and health literacy;
  3. Identify and present opportunities for collaboration among agencies, promotores and librarians on efforts to disseminate locally relevant health information to the broader community.

As part of the conference, the UTHSCSA Libraries are also offering “The Librarians’ Experience,” a unique opportunity for librarians, with a demonstrated interest in community outreach and health literacy. Librarians interested in participating in The Librarians’ Experience should submit the following:

  • A current CV
  • A brief (500 words) statement describing reasons for pursuing this opportunity, including past outreach experience in health information and current/future outreach projects.

Public, school and health sciences librarians from within the South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) who do not reside in the Lower Rio Grande Valley are encouraged to apply. A cohort of five librarians from outside the Rio Grande Valley will be selected to receive a stipend to cover expenses associated with travel to the conference.

Application Deadline: August 21, 2009

For more information: http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/community/experience.cfm

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

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