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Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
The IMLS is creating a framework as a ” first step toward the development of benchmarks and guidelines to help libraries and community-based organizations assess their needs for public-access workstations, portable devices, and bandwidth.” As part of that framework they have issued the report Proposed Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities: Final Report Two of the principles focus on health care:

  • Principle 9: Public safety and emergency services
    Communities can increase their emergency responsiveness through effective deployment of digital technologies, ensuring the public the best possible emergency preparedness.
  • Principle 10: Health care
    Communities should have the digital technologies necessary to support the health care needs of their populations, especially in areas with limited health care facilities, to afford all their members access to the best possible health care. [DIN listserv]

Webinar:Building and Maintaining a Digital Literacy Corps

Monday, June 13th, 2011
Cost: Free for Everyone!
June 15, 10:00 am – 11:00 AM PT
Volunteers are an essential resource for providing training and support to libraries and computer centers. They can act as tutors, trainers, and technicians, ensuring that computers get repaired and new computer users receive the attention they need. Recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers can be a challenge for organizations with limited staff.

Attend this free webinar and hear from organizations that use volunteers to support their digital literacy programs. Kami Griffiths, Executive Director of Community Technology Network, will interview Roberta Przybylski, Director of Austin Computer Learning Center to share best practices on how to recruit, screen, provide training to volunteers, and what it takes to retain them for many years. [DIN Listserv]

Libraries and Diversity

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Nation’s Libraries Places of Opportunity for Diverse Populations
CHICAGO, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
“Libraries are part of the American Dream,” said Julie Corsaro, president, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA.  “As families continue to try to make ends meet, libraries are working with new Americans to assist with learning English, applying for jobs, identifying e-government resources and educational tools that will enhance their quality of life.  Education is the key to making good choices. Low literacy is linked to poverty, crime, dependence on government assistance and poor health. By motivating children and parents to read, libraries are fueling a healthier democracy.”

Helping tribal libraries around the country
By Anne Wolf
“Tribal libraries serve many purposes, depending on the tribe’s circumstances and needs, Berry said. Some libraries serve as an archive; others are museums; still others are educational, often serving as an adjunct school library. Many combine some or all of these functions. Few have professionally trained librarians or sufficient resources to serve their communities.” [American Indian Library Association]

Librarians Headline National Broadband Summit

Friday, April 15th, 2011
More than 100 representatives of community anchor institutions, telecom policymakers, and broadband providers convened on March 29, 2011, at the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition BTOP Summit in Washington, D.C.

Over the course of the day, attendees heard keynote addresses from U.S. Rep. Doris O. Matsui (D-CA-5) and Lawrence Strickling, Administrator of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), as well as a closing address from Carol Mattey, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. The event was organized in order to demonstrate the success of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – aka the “economic stimulus bill” – and enacted in February 2009.

Books Behind Bars

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Glennor Shirley, head librarian for Md. prisons, believes in books behind bars
Washington Post, Mar. 25
Glennor Shirley , head librarian for Maryland prisons, is responsible for the rows of books behind the barbed-wire fences at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland and 16 other state prison libraries. The inmate behind the reference desk, a convicted murderer, asks her, “Remember when you locked me in a room until I learned how to use that computer [a Commodore 64]?” Murderers, rapists, thieves, and drug dealers have been relying on Miss Shirley, as she is always called by library visitors, for more than two decades to get them novels, magazines, and textbooks. [American Libraries Direct 3/30/2011]

K-12 Outreach from a Health Sciences Library

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
The Mobile School Health Information Initiatve (MoSHI) was funded by the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine from February 1, 2010 – February 28, 2011. Led by staff at the Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine, MoSHI was a train-the-trainer program to connect K-12 librarians in the St. Louis metropolitan area with credible health information. For more details on the project, and tips on how to be successful if you want to carry out a similar project in your library, read the entry in the Library Success Wiki

Looking for ideas on other outreach and library projects? Go to the Library Success Wiki’s Section “Services for Health Information Consumers” OR add your own entry! For a guide to walk you through making an entry see

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2011 Funding

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2011
(RFQ No. NLM-0011-049-SES)
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.
Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • State-of-the-art resources;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Document Access.

Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Standard Awards are offered for up to $60,000; Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000.
Quotations are due to NLM on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
The solicitation for the 2011 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site ( Small Businesses can apply to a specific set-aside: (NLM-0011-0049-KDB).

Public Libraries As Healthy Places

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise…So does going to the public library.
Submitted by Fatima Perkins, Adult Services Manager
Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio
OLOS Columns
February 25, 2011
Can the library really make someone healthy, wealthy and wise? Well, we can give it a try. Call them what you may, baby boomers, silent generation, greatest generation, older adults (65+) now account for 13% of the United States population. Now more than ever, the public library being a community focal point has an opportunity to engage communities and transform lives. Three areas include health, finances, and brain power.

InBrief: The Foundations of Lifelong Health

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
“In this seven minute presentation, you’ll find how researches from the fields of neuroscience, biology, and public health present the tangible links between what goes on inside our bodies to how that’s impacted on our health throughout our lives. As a librarian – and an advocate for literacy and health literacy – I was particularly thrilled to see libraries on the list of important resources that contribute to our health. So…support your local library! Support your community. It’s good for your health” [posting by Michelle Helliwell, Librarian ]

Best Small Library in America 2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
Congratulations to Naturita Community Library, in the town of Naturita, CO, population 665!

“Open 57 hours a week over six days, the library continually creates a vibrant and responsive community center for Naturita and the surrounding small towns. There patrons tap into technology, distance education, and broad programming aimed at all. Its innovation in these areas, and so much more, has won the library LJ’s 2011 Best Small Library in America Award, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”