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Virtual Introduction: NNLM SCR 2019 Library Student Outreach Awardees!

Mon, 2019-10-07 15:40

Learn more about our students before meeting them this weekend at SCC/MLA 2019!

LIS Students

Clockwise from top left:

Laura Rey
Library Associate II
Texas A&M University

Favorite food: Steak. With a side of steak.

Book or show you’re enjoying and why: Jon Krakauer’s “Into the Wild” because it’s a reminder we all need people.

What you’re excited to learn at SCC: One of the things I’m particularly excited to learn is more about outreach in our region and consider new ideas about outreach and librarianship.

E. Bailey Sterling
University of North Texas

Favorite kind of food: What kind of Texan would I be if I didn’t proudly proclaim my love for tacos?

Book or show you’re enjoying and why: My most recent reads were Capote’s In Cold Blood and Walker’s The Color Purple; both absolutely blew me away. I read these profound masterpieces back-to-back, and my head is still reeling. I had the pleasure of hearing Margaret Atwood speak this month, so I think the next book I dive into will be The Testaments. Right now I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach aloud with my children. Children’s lit is my favorite; I have 3 kids, and together we have read aloud thousands of books over the years. Reading with them is my greatest joy.

What you’re excited to learn at SCC: Of specific interest to me are youth and family libraries in medical institutions, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting with industry professionals who could perhaps shed some light on which skills would be most beneficial for me to hone and what family health librarians foresee on the horizon of their profession.

Revathi Vaidyanathan
Library Technician
McKinney Public Library System

Favorite kind of food: Pad Thai

Book currently reading: Educated – a memoir. I love reading biographies and memoirs, but this book is so enthralling. The story is true. It took place 20 years ago. You will have to keep reminding yourself of that because the mindset and ideas discussed sound antiquated, but they are still alive and kicking here in America and that is just crazy! It does take me back to the rural India, where they are prevalent and relate and understand what Tara went through.

What you’re excited to learn at SCC? I am looking forward to understanding the Medical initiatives, Health Outreach programs and network with medical librarians, which I would like to utilize to incorporate at my library as well as move into the field.

Brandy Walthall
Circulation Assistant
Brookhaven College

Favorite kind of food: My favorite kind of food is pizza.

Book or show you’re enjoying and why: Brenda Jackson is one of my favorite authors; I love romance novels! I just started her Catalina Cove Series. I’m currently reading book one: Love in Catalina Cove.

What you’re excited to learn at SCC: I’m excited to learn more about the NLM databases and their resources. I’m also excited to learn more about the outreach initiatives. I’m still exploring my options with my degree, so I think this opportunity will give me a chance to learn more about this field of librarianship.

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Public Libraries Summer Report – Part 3: The Year of Space in Libraries, Schools, and the Community

Thu, 2019-09-12 11:59

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with national associations to carry out health programs and initiatives with public libraries, to provide health information and services to patrons. NNLM network member libraries have partnered with community partners to carry out heath related programming, at times incorporating health devices into their collections and even hosting health events ranging from fitness classes to health screenings. Our Consumer Health Coordinator, Debbie Montenegro, has written a three-part series to report on her very busy summer of working with public libraries in the South Central Region (SCR). This is the third and final part. 

Debbie teaching

This year and especially during summer, libraries across the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing with the CSLP (Collaborative Summer Library Program) theme “A Universe of Stories”. NNLM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator and NASA Solar System Ambassador, Debbie Montenegro, was invited by the LLA GODORT to be a featured speaker at the LLA conference. She was also invited to be a guest speaker on a local community podcast that focuses on Latinx (Latino/a) creatives and those working in the service industry. Debbie was delighted to be the first speaker on a scientific topic. Link to podcast: Season 1, Episode 9.

During the summer, Debbie accompanied UNTHSC Lewis Library Librarian Lorraine Sheldon and Fort Worth Academy educator Lauren Parker, to present at several public libraries and apartment resident organizations across Fort Worth and Dallas. They conducted an interactive program called Astronaut Academy: Health and Exercise, with demonstrations and hands-on educational activities that reached families and children in under-served areas. Participants learned how astronauts live, exercise, and eat in space, and even engage in their own physical exercises!

EducatorsDebbie and Lauren also presented sessions at state and national conferences for educators, encouraging cross-collaboration between subjects and professions, particularly with science and literacy. They presented the session, Mars Anomalies: Exploring Literacy and STEM Collaborations (with Health Connections) at the STAT (Science Teachers Association of Texas) Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, the Space Exploration Educators Conference, and the Space Port Area Conference for Educators. Debbie also had the honor of being featured by the Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education program, during the last conference.

Altogether, Debbie has presented space health programming for both train-the-trainer and direct-to-consumer sessions across the South Central Region including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, (and also Florida). The programs utilized resources from NNLM, NLM, NIH, and NASA. For more information on the NNLM SCR’s Consumer Health Coordinator’s Space Health Programming, with health information resources to support science engagement, follow this link: https://nnlm.gov/scr/initiatives/regional/astronauthealth

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Public Libraries Summer Report – Part 2: NNLM Summer Reading Collaborations

Tue, 2019-08-27 11:08

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with national associations to carry out health programs and initiatives with public libraries, to provide health information and services to patrons. NNLM network member libraries have partnered with community partners to carry out heath related programming, at times incorporating health devices into their collections and even hosting health events ranging from fitness classes to health screenings. Our Consumer Health Coordinator, Debbie Montenegro, has written a three-part series to report on her very busy summer of working with public libraries in the South Central Region (SCR). This is Part 2. 

Debbie teachingNNLM has collaborated with several national partners to incorporate health and wellness programming into libraries and other organizations, with the purpose of bringing access to health information into communities. One partnership is with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to public libraries for summer reading. Summer Reading is a big deal for public libraries, as it is their busiest time. School is out and families with young children are looking for summer activities.

For three years, NNLM has and will create the NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual as a companion to CSLP’s full summer manual. For 2019, the summer reading theme is Space, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. NNLM also partnered with network members to carry out space-related programs.

two girls

One program in particular was the “Library Moon Walk” and involved three library systems and was funded by the NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR):

A “walk” from Upstate New York to the Moon is approximately 238,900 miles. But that’s not stopping librarians and their patrons from giving it their best shot with the Library Moon Walk! Librarians from the Mohawk Valley, Southern Adirondack, and Upper Hudson Library Systems received funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region to get their patrons moving, dancing, and learning about health and wellness.

To see the manual and related webinars, check out our summer reading page here: https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/summer-reading

To see more about this program, check out the Library Moon Walk Page here: https://librarymoonwalk.sals.edu

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Public Libraries Summer Report – Part 1: The Oklahoma Symposium

Tue, 2019-08-20 11:45

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with national associations to carry out health programs and initiatives with public libraries, to provide health information and services to patrons. NNLM network member libraries have partnered with community partners to carry out heath related programming, at times incorporating health devices into their collections and even hosting health events ranging from fitness classes to health screenings. Our Consumer Health Coordinator, Debbie Montenegro, has written a three-part series to report on her very busy summer of working with public libraries in the South Central Region (SCR). This is Part 1. 

Earlier this year, our Executive Director, Consumer Health Coordinator, and All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator had the opportunity to present at the Health Literacy Symposium held by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and sponsored by the NNLM SCR, the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library (University of Oklahoma), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Public librarians from across the state of Oklahoma were in attendance, from both urban and rural areas. The Symposium was titled, A Familiar Story with a New Title: Social Determinants of Health in Libraries, Literacy Programs, and Communities. A description of the symposium is as follows:

“Because of their expertise and accessibility, librarians and literacy personnel engage with people from all walks of life, with various socioeconomic situations, with diverse educational backgrounds, and a myriad of health needs. These conditions, called social determinants of health, impact not only the health of library users and learners, but their health literacy and their ability to use community resources” (Symposium flyer).

The part I found most instructional as a presenter, were the share-back sessions where each public librarian got to report on what their library had been working on and what they had in store for the summer, which is now coming to an end. How time flies!

Moon Landing Anniversary EventThe Oklahoma public libraries reported conducting health-related programming including nutrition and healthy cooking classes for adults and children. Libraries also partnered with organizations such as Blue Zones; YMCA; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program; nutritionists; and even hospital systems. They conducted fitness sessions on yoga, tai chi, and dance for patrons. Some also incorporated health conscious items into their collections, such as blood pressure monitors and scales. Along with community partners, libraries also hosted health screenings, CPR classes, Medicare counsel, and health awareness programs. Other programs include monthly health challenges and other active programs such as maintaining community gardens or going on story walks. They also created resource guides for health provider locations.

Libraries in Oklahoma also took the national Summer Reading “Space” theme to another level and incorporated it into health programming. Librarians created programs including Space Story Walks, astronaut training in the park, walking to the moon events and moon walk sack races!

We’ll share more about NNLM involvement in moon-walking on the next post!

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