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Webinar Explores Partnership That Addressed Health Topics Through Book Clubs

Fri, 2020-08-07 11:45

Join Heidi Fendrick, Data Coordinator at the Utah State Library, as she recaps the recent partnership with the MidContinental Region on incorporating the NNLM Reading Club Book Kits in the Utah State Library’s Book Buzz Program.

The purpose of the partnership was to provide opportunities for members of the public to learn about and discuss important health-related topics through book discussion groups facilitated by local public libraries, organizations, schools, and community centers across Utah.

Register today at nnlm.gov to learn more about Fendrick’s experience and the Book Buzz program.

 

Webinar date

Region/Office: National

Aug 19, 2020

2:00PM – 3:00PM MT

 

If you have any questions about registering, please contact Suzanne Sawyer for more information.

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Register for Tomorrow’s NNLM Reading Club Presents…The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19

Mon, 2020-07-13 16:56

It’s not too late to register for tomorrow’s NNLM Reading Club Presents…The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19

Dr. Robert Wachter, author of “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age,” will open a new series of online author presentations next month with a discussion of digital health and health technology that will also touch upon the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chair of the Department of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and one of the nation’s most influential physician-executives, Dr. Wachter will read briefly from his book and answer questions submitted by participants.

The talk will take place on July 14 at 1 p.m. Mountain Time, 2 p.m. Central. For information on how to join the free webinar, please visit https://nnlm.gov/class/digital-doctor.

The event is part of the new NNLM Reading Club Presents… Series, which will feature periodic talks by authors of books related to health and health equity in an online setting.

For more details, see the flyer at this link: Digital_Dr_Flyer_July_2020

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NNLM Reading Club – July selections

Fri, 2020-07-10 18:38

July_Book_Cover_ImageBring your book-discussion group into one of the central conversations impacting our nation as the NNLM Reading Club focuses on Racism and Health for its July reading selections, with special attention to Black maternal health.
The three selections explore motherhood through the experiences of Black women in different ways. NNLM encourages you to use one of them to start a conversation about racism and health or keep an existing discussion going.
First-time mother Dani McClain sets out to understand how to raise her daughter in what she knows to be an unjust and even hostile society in We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. Nefertiti Austin recounts adoption for a single African-American woman in Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America. Finally, researchers and doulas from an organization known as Black Women Birthing Justice bring together the birth experiences of more than 100 California women to make recommendations for improving care in Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis.
To select your title and get your book club conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

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Citizen Science in the Academic Library

Fri, 2020-07-10 18:21

Academic libraries can bring citizen science to the campus and to the community, whether through supporting the integration of citizen science into courses or by bridging the gaps between researchers, students, and community members. This two-part webinar series will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts. MLA CE available for each session.

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Institute for Healthcare Advancement Health Literacy Conference

Fri, 2020-07-10 18:19

Don’t miss the upcoming Institute for Healthcare Advancement Health Literacy Conference on July 20-24! This year’s conference theme: Coronavirus and Health Literacy: How Are We Responding? Depending on the number of sessions attended, librarians can receive up to 19.5 MLA CE credits.

IHA is waiving registration fees to attend the conference, but registrants are encouraged to make a donation to one or more of six nonprofit organizations that IHA identified that are working in COVID-19 relief and/or in the social justice/equity space. 

Please visit the IHA website for all the details.

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NIH News in Health – July Issue

Fri, 2020-07-10 18:06

The July 2020 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research is now available. Download a PDF version for printing.

Illustration-people-doing-different-types-physical-activityPersonalized Exercise?
How Biology Influences Fitness
Researchers are looking for ways to find out which exercises may best suit your body.

Relieving Rosacea
Treating Face Redness
Learn tips for managing this skin condition that causes redness on the face.

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Are you interested in volunteering for a COVID-19 Clinical Study?

Fri, 2020-07-10 17:53

Girl with cell phone and computerAre you interested in volunteering for a COVID-19 Clinical Study? The COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) is conducting studies to find safe and effective vaccines and monoclonal antibodies for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus type 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is the virus that causes COVID-19. To volunteer, take the questionnaire to join the CoVPN Volunteer Screening Registry and you may be contacted if trials open up in your area: https://bit.ly/3faZL0v #COVID19 #SARSCoV2

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NIDA Request for Information

Fri, 2020-07-10 17:36

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the lead federal agency supporting research on drug use and its consequences. Our mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. In alignment with this mission, NIDA developed a draft outline for the FY 2021-2025 Strategic Plan to communicate a vision for advancing the Institute’s mission over the next five years.

As part of the strategic planning process, NIDA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for feedback on an initial outline of the plan, which includes both Scientific Goals and Cross-cutting themes.

We would like to hear from the community of researchers, clinicians, patients, policymakers, members of the public, and other stakeholders. We will review and consider the comments that we receive as we draft the full Strategic Plan. We hope you will take a few minutes to share your perspectives, and to encourage interested stakeholders to share theirs as well.

The RFI can be found at this link: [https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-20-059.html]. Comments will be accepted through August 7, 2020.

You may submit your suggestions via email to: NIDAStrategicPlan@nida.nih.gov

Thank you for your support of NIDA’s research mission.

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Top Physician-Executive To Discuss COVID and the Digital Doctor

Mon, 2020-06-22 12:26

Dr. Robert Wachter, author of “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age,” will open a new series of online author presentations next month with a discussion of digital health and health technology that will also touch upon the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chair of the Department of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and one of the nation’s most influential physician-executives, Dr. Wachter will read briefly from his book and answer questions submitted by participants.

The talk will take place on July 14 at 1 p.m. Mountain Time, 2 p.m. Central. For information on how to join the free webinar, please visit https://nnlm.gov/class/digital-doctor.

The event is part of the new NNLM Reading Club Presents… Series, which will feature periodic talks by authors of books related to health and health equity in an online setting.

For more details, see the flyer at this link: Digital_Dr_Flyer_July_2020

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MCR Webinar: Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts

Thu, 2020-06-18 14:36

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
2pm MT/3pm CT
Registration Info

The Community Tool Box (https://ctb.ku.edu/ (link is external)) is a web site that serves as a significant source of information, training and tools for community health improvement worldwide. Our approach to community health improvement is to build the capacity of community members to identify their health issues, the root causes, and to adapt approaches that work to their context. This webinar will provide an overview of the contents of the web site and our approach, with relevant examples from communities in the USA and elsewhere. We will discuss examples of how we worked with librarians in the past, and opportunities to collaborate in the future to address the variety of community health crises facing us today.

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Announcing the NNLM Reading Club Presents….

Thu, 2020-06-18 14:32

NNLM Reading Club LogoNNLM Reading Club Presents… are web-based author talks that highlight timely health issues brought to light by the NNLM Reading ClubNNLM Reading Club Presents… gives libraries and their readers a chance to hear directly from authors, then engage in a question-and-answer session with them.

Our first event, The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19, features Robert Wachter, M.D., author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age and is scheduled for July 14, 2020. Each live webinar session is 60 minutes long and begins at: 3:00 p.m. ET | 2:00 p.m. CT | 1:00 p.m. MT | Noon PT | 11:00 a.m. Alaska | 9:00 a.m. Hawaii

For more information, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/Zs9

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Webinar: From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information

Thu, 2020-06-18 14:04

Join Tess Wilson on July 16th @ 12PT/1MT/2CT/3ET for a one-hour webinar:

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information

Class Description:

Body image, experimentation, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues important to teens as they experience many changes physically and mentally. Trusting adults and authority figures may not be easy for many teens. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. Seeking that help can be difficult. Those who work with teens will be provided with an introduction to teen health resources. Both the blended and face-to-face classes will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors, review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers, and explore credible health information resources that are designed for teens.

The class offers 1 hour MLA CE credit and is eligible for CHIS.

Registration is now open:

https://nnlm.gov/class/addiction-zits-supporting-teens-health-information/25686

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2020 Summer Reading Programming with SciStarter & the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM)

Thu, 2020-06-18 14:02

Exploring Citizen Science is a great way to reach library patrons virtually! The Network of the National Library of Medicine (note new name, same NNLM acronym!), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the All of Us Research Program has expanded its partnership with SciStarter.org and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading and beyond.

The organizations worked collaboratively to promote Citizen Science Month (April 2020) in libraries, to increase awareness of citizen science in communities across the nation, and help you explore the impact of the environment on your health. Through citizen science and crowdsourcing, NNLM can help you engage in initiatives addressing societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation. Participation in the research process also helps create transparency and build trust between NNLM and the communities that we serve.

Interested in co-hosting a virtual event about a Citizen Science project with SciStarter and NNLM? Get in touch by filling out our interest form. We have limited opportunities connected to summer reading, but filling out the sign-up form also signals your willingness for future engagement in the coming months.

Learn more about NLM-vetted Citizen Science projects you can offer to patrons: SciStarter
Interested in co-hosting a virtual event? Fill out this form
Imagine Your Story! Check out free resources for more great programming ideas for Summer Reading or anytime: NNLM Summer Reading site
To learn more about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit the CDC Coronavirus site.

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Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons / Encuentre Información de Salud Confiable en Español para Sus Usuarios

Thu, 2020-06-18 13:53

Photo of two women and one man at conference table behind broadcast microphonesWhen library patrons ask you for health information in Spanish about COVID-19 or other issues, NNLM has resources to get you started.

Available tools  range from Spanish-language videos featuring Latino medical professionals to resources selected by trusted members of the Spanish-speaking community. The materials come from reliable sources like the National Library of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many of these resources are recommended by promotores, members of the community who serve as connections between them and healthcare systems, information, and resources. Because promotores are the heart of their communities, they are able to deliver assistance where it is needed the most.

Vision y Compromiso (VyC), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, training, and most importantly celebrating promotores across the nation. Vision y Compromiso is marking 20 years of work devoted to improving the lives and health of their communities.

In response to the pandemic affecting Spanish-speaking communities Vision y Compromiso developed a series of webinars for participants to learn about trusted places to find health information, myths about COVID19, and how to take care of oneself during these safer at home times.

You can find the recorded webinars and resources on the Vision y Compromiso COVID-19 page. The NNLM PSR shares the promotores mission of building healthier communities and created a page with Spanish Language COVID-19 health information materials to support Spanish speakers as well. The PSR has previously collaborated with promotores, described by Yamila El-Kkayat, in this video about outreach work  in Arizona.

The JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health at Kansas University Medical Center has created JUNTOS Radio, an ongoing series of podcasts in Spanish on health topics. The podcasts feature interviews with Latino health professionals about issues of concern to the Latino community in Kansas and elsewhere.

JUNTOS partnered with a health sciences librarian to include credible and authoritative consumer health information resources that were relevant to the different health topics discussed in each episode. Brenda Linares, health sciences librarian at the A.R. Dykes Library, pictured below, also recorded a Health Literacy and evaluating websites episode.

Topics so far include COVID-19, child obesity, Alzheimer’s Disease and exercise at home. Each podcast also includes information on the All of Us Research Program, an effort to enlist one million or more people from across the U.S. to help speed up medical research by sharing their medical information.

They are posted on Podbean, iTunes and in video format on YouTube and Facebook. You can access the podcasts at the JUNTOS Podbean page, on iTunes, on the JUNTOS YouTube channel for the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health, or on the JUNTOS Facebook page.

To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

Encuentre información de salud confiable en español para sus usuarios

Cuando sus usuarios le pregunten por información de salud en español sobre COVID-19 u otros temas, la NNLM tiene los recursos que usted necesita.

Los recursos incluyen videos en español con médicos profesionales latinos y una selección de recursos en español seleccionados por miembros de la comunidad de habla hispana. Estos materiales vienen de fuentes fiables como la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de Estados Unidos y los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades.

Muchos de estos recursos son recomendados por las promotoras, quienes son miembros de la comunidad que sirven como conexión entre el sistema de salud, la información, y los recursos disponibles. Como las promotoras son el corazón de sus comunidades, ellas tienen la capacidad de llevar y dar asistencia donde la comunidad lo necesite.

Visión y Compromiso (VyC), es una organización no lucrativa dedicada a apoyar, entrenar, y sobre todo celebrar a las promotoras en toda la nación estadounidense. Visión y Compromiso esta celebrando sus 20 años de trabajo y devoción a mejorar las vidas y la salud de su comunidad.

En respuesta a la pandemia que esta afectando a la comunidad de habla hispana, Visión y Compromiso desarrollo una serie de seminarios web (webinars) para que participantes aprendan sobre lugares de confianza para encontrar información de salud, mitos sobre COVID-19, y cómo cuidarse uno mismo durante este tiempo de quedarse en casa.

Usted puede encontrar las grabaciones de estos seminarios web (webinars) y recursos en la página web de Visión y Compromiso sobre COVID 19. La NNLM PSR comparte la misión de las promotoras de formar comunidades saludables y ha creado una página en español sobre COVID-19 con información de salud y material que apoya a la comunidad de habla hispana.  LA PSR previamente ha colaborado con promotoras. Usted puede ver este video donde Yamila El-Khayat, habla sobre su proyecto y trabajo en Arizona, con las promotoras.

JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Kansas (University of Kansas Medical Center), ha creado JUNTOS-RADIO, una serie de podcasts en español con varios temas de salud.  Los podcasts cuentan con entrevistas con profesionales latinos de salud donde hablan sobre temas de interés para la comunidad Latina en Kansas y otros lugares.

Los temas cubiertos hasta hoy incluyen el COVID-19, la obesidad infantil, la enfermedad de Alzheimer, la hipertensión, y cómo hacer ejercicios en casa.  El equipo continúa produciendo más podcasts con otros temas relevantes para la comunidad Latina. Además de cubrir cada tema en español, cada podcast también incluye información sobre el programa Científico All of Us (All of US Research Program), el cual es una campaña que pretende inscribir a un millón de personas de todo Estados Unidos para ayudar a acelerar la investigación médica,  compartiendo información médica.

Estos podcasts, están disponibles en PodBean, iTunes, y también en el formato de video en YouTube y Facebook.  Usted puede verlos o descargarlos desde la página de JUNTOS-RADIO Podbean, en iTunes, en el canal de YouTube de JUNTOS,  y en la página de Facebook de JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina.

To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version of the podcast, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

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Application period open for the 2021-2026 cycle of the Network of the National Library Medicine (NNLM)

Wed, 2020-06-10 17:12

The National Library of Medicine has announced that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities for 2021-2026 are open for applications until September 11. You can read the announcement of the FOA here and review the FOA here.

There are a couple of significant changes in this new funding announcement. First is a name change to Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).

There will be notable changes to the geographic make-up of the regions. Our region, Region 4, will be losing 3 states: Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri will be part of the new Region 3.

Colorado, Wyoming and Utah will be joined in Region 4 by six new states: Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission. The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.

A technical assistance webinar open to all interested parties will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 3:00-4:00pm ET. For more information, see https://nnlm.gov/workbook#tech.

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Webinar – Library Responses to COVID-19: Impacts on Ongoing Low-morale Experiences

Tue, 2020-06-09 17:37

June 11th – 10:00am MT/11:00am CT

Register

As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kendrick has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed.

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NIH Preprint Pilot in PubMed Central

Tue, 2020-06-09 17:35

NLM is preparing to launch a pilot project to test the viability of making preprints resulting from NIH-funded research available via PubMed Central (PMC). The primary goal of the NIH Preprint Pilot will be to explore approaches to increasing the discoverability of early NIH research results. The pilot will begin the week of June 8, 2020 and will run for a minimum of 12 months. Lessons learned during that time will inform future NLM efforts with preprints.

The pilot will initially focus on increasing the discoverability of preprints with NIH support relating to the current COVID-19 pandemic. NLM is leveraging the iSearch COVID-19 portfolio tool developed by the NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis to identify preprints reporting on COVID-19 research supported by the NIH intramural or extramural programs. This narrowly scoped first phase should allow NLM an opportunity to streamline workflows and refine the details of implementation with a set of articles for which there is a growing demand for accelerated access. Learn more here!

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Article – Community Engagement Technology for Identifying the Health and Wellness Needs of the Ray County Community

Thu, 2020-06-04 12:55

Stacy Hisle-Chaudri
Ray County Library
Richmond, Missouri

Data is changing the landscape of information technology. It has an impact on the decision making process for many library services. Health and wellness programming is one of many areas in which data-driven technology tools can assist libraries in the decision making process. The Ray County library was a recipient of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContential region’s Community Engagement Technology grant. During the grant term, the Ray County Library, a small rural library in Missouri, utilized Orange Boy’s Savannah community engagement technology tool to collect information regarding library use for health and wellness programming.

During the months of data collection, Savannah gathered and analyzed information regarding how library customers interacted with the library and its services. Some of the areas of analysis included: check-outs, library visits, program attendance, and general activity and engagement with services. For this project, one of the initial questions that prompted the grant was what types of health and wellness programs are needed in our community? To answer this question, we wanted to have a better understanding of how customers are utilizing the library.

The data gathering process revealed many interesting characteristics of our library customers. Users primarily circulate adult and children’s print materials, and the majority of frequent visitors who check-out items are over the age of 45. Additionally, library users seem to live in particular areas of the county. The majority of users are from the surrounding town, with additional concentrations in the townships in the southern portion of the county and smaller numbers of users from the northern and northwestern portions of the county. One possible reason for this concentration of users may be the proximity to the Ray County Library. Residents who live in the northwest side of the county tend to travel via routes that do not take them into the city of Richmond regularly. Additionally, the library has many users who come only occasionally to utilize a specific service such as, print or fax a document.

With the increased knowledge of community needs from Savannah, we were able to correlate the acquired data with information found in area health reports from Community Commons, a community based non-profit organization that tabulates health reports nationwide. Through this process, we have identified three key health indicators for the community: mental health, substance abuse, and heart disease. Subsequently, the three areas in which we plan to increase health and wellness related programming are mental health, general healthy habits, and substance abuse. The library has existing programs and partnerships that cover two of the identified areas: substance abuse and healthy habits. The library is an active partner in the Ray County Coalition for Youth, which is a community-based organization that works with youth and community organizations that support youth to fight substance abuse by providing education and alternative programs and support to area youth. The library also hosts programs each month for seniors that are led by a nurse from the area hospital.

Future programming plans include collaborating with the local extension office to provide healthy eating and exercise programs for children and working with area mental health service providers to provide mental health programming.

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Article – Library Marketing and Communication Conference

Thu, 2020-06-04 12:51

We were fortunate enough to receive a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region to attend the Library Marketing and Communication Conference in St. Louis, Missouri November 11th through 12th.

This conference is unique as it’s the only conference specific to marketing and communications for libraries. It was a good mix of beginners to professionals including librarians and marketers. This award also gave us an opportunity to be a part of a cohort.

Taira Meadowcroft: I’d been eyeing this conference for some time and was excited to get the opportunity to attend. Throughout the conference I made many connections with others in my field and learned that we are all dealing with the same issues in some way. Telling our library story is difficult, but I learned ways to make it easier. The session Making the Message Accessible: Basic Website, Social Media, and Print Tips to Ensure your Message is Accessible to the Visually Impaired Community was the most impactful to me. As a person who does our social media and designs some print material, I didn’t often step back and ask “how accessible is this information?” I learned what social media platforms allow for alternative text and what colors/fonts are best to use. These are small changes, but even a small change makes a difference. I also highly enjoyed the mentorship part of this award. I didn’t have a lot of marketing and communications connections outside my library. I appreciated getting to know these individuals and learning about their wins and struggles with communications. I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without the support of MCR.

Sara Motsinger: This conference has been on my radar since its first year, and I was exceptionally excited to have the opportunity to attend. This award made it possible for me to engage with library marketing professionals as well as those of us thrust into a marketing role within our small libraries. Spending time with the other awardees was as much a learning opportunity as spending time in the conference, as I was able to learn tips and tricks from my fellow awardees and strategically attend conference sessions in order to share my notes and impressions with the other MCR awardees. I was delighted by the wide range of topics presented and was able to attend such diverse offerings as “First Impressions Matter: How to Win Friends in Admissions and Influence Prospective Students,” learn how to “Effectively Create and Market Your Library with Videos,” and learn more about how to effectively use memes in ”A New Memes of Engagement.” Returning to my library, I have been able to implement many of the strategies and tips to my monthly marketing efforts and feel more creative in my endeavors due to the influx of ideas and inspiration provided by this excellent conference.

Natalie Newville: This award was an amazing opportunity to connect with other professionals in our field. I appreciated the cohorts willingness to share ideas and resources with each other. Each member of the cohort came from such diverse backgrounds and job duties that it was very helpful to discuss our challenges and successes at our own libraries. I came away with new ways to handle things which may come up, and new strategies to reach our intended audiences when marketing MRRL. The time that Jim spent mentoring the group was invaluable. He has a great deal of marketing experience, and he does a great job of sharing that experience with the cohort. Additionally, he is a great listener and helps the cohort come to their own conclusions, which I appreciate.

Kristin White: The Library Marketing and Communications Conference has by far been one of the best professional development opportunities offered to me during my time as a librarian. I learned so much in the short two days that we attended! I feel very fortunate to have had a mentor like Jim as well. He helped me determine next steps for my team going forward to implement a style guide in our library as well as a good direction with our social media efforts.

My favorite experiences during the conference include: meeting and getting to know my cohorts, librarians are awesome! All of the amazing keynote and conference sessions (my favorite was “Why is This So Hard? The Top 20 Things You Need to Know to Make Social Media Work for Your Library!”.)! And, exploring the St. Louis Arch with new found friends and colleagues!

I would, and have, recommend librarians and library staff attend this conference if marketing and communications is part of their position. Thank you for the opportunity.

Rachelle Brandel: Attending the conference gave me a sounding board to voice my concerns and ideas with like minded library professionals from a wide array of backgrounds. I acquired new ideas, validated considered possibilities, and cemented prior knowledge through seminars, conversations, and review. This conference made me excited about marketing and passionate to share what I’d learned with my coworkers. The ability to speak with leaders in marketing software, voice my concerns, and discuss solutions made my library’s situation feel seen. This conference gave me a network of library and marketing professionals and I have recommended it to almost every librarian I’ve met and will continue to do so.

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