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Funding Award for Akron-Summit Public Library Fitness Tracker Cohorts

Wed, 2018-01-03 09:45

I’m pleased to announce that the Akron-Summit County Public Library (Ohio) Science & Technology Division lead by Monique Mason has been awarded funding for a great community physical fitness project!


Background: Twenty-nine percent of Summit County residents are obese, slightly lower than the state-wide average of 30% 1. The obesity rate in the City of Akron averages 34.2%, with some census tracts as high as 44%. 2 All of these rates are higher than the national rate of 28.7%.

Summit County residents are poorer than the US average with a poverty rate of 14.8% compared to 12.7% national average. The City of Akron’s poverty rate is 26.5%, more than double the national average.3

Description: The Science & Technology Division of the Akron (Ohio)-Summit County Public Library plans to create a multi-week program of loaning wearable fitness trackers to groups of people for the purpose of encouraging a regular and sustained increase in physical activity.   We will select groups of people from pre-existing community groups or groups selected for this purpose and treat them as a cohort – having them all at an initial program for instruction both on using the device and locating quality health information in support of increasing their activity levels as well as an initial “weigh-in” provided by students in the University of Akron’s Department of Sport Science & Wellness Education. We will encourage participants to return midway through the program to check their weight, discover some more resources, and provide fellowship, all in order to continue the momentum developed in the initial presentation and increase motivation.  We will have a final session to weigh, encourage continued activity, and collect the trackers.  We will encourage users to continue their healthy exercise habits and to connect with library staff on a regular basis after the project concludes. We will offer this program to several groups through 2018.


  1. County Health RankingsAccessed 11/28/17.
  2. CDC. Accessed 11/30/17.
  3. 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates accessed 11/30/2017



Professional Develop Award Funds Two Courses on Data Management

Tue, 2017-12-12 15:49

The Joint 2017 Midwest Medical Library Association and Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association Conference received the Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region to offer two continuing education courses focused on data management. We selected this topic based on the vision of the new Director of the National Library of Medicine, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, who said “I believe the future of health and health care rests on data—genomic data, environmental sensor-generated data, electronic health records data, patient-generated data, research collected data. The data originating from research projects is becoming as important as the answers those research projects are providing.”

Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis

Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis, Photo by Don Pearson

The “Perspectives in Research Data Management” CE course was presented by Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis from the New York University School of Medicine1. The 2017 Joint Conference was privileged to be the last venue to offer this course. You can view the content of this course at The second CE offering, “Data Management for Librarians: What Librarians Need to Know,” was designed specifically for our conference by Caitlin Bakker2of University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

 What Librarians Need to Know”

Caitlin Baker presenting “Data Management for Librarians: What Librarians Need to Know” Photo by Don Pearson


These Professional Development Award-funded courses reached a total of thirty attendees, including both academic and hospital librarians.


Written by guest authors, Merle Rosenzweig & Emily Ginier, posted by Helen Spielbauer.