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Don’t do it alone! Starting, sustaining, and assessing partnership-driven health programming at your library, Kernel of Knowledge

Class Details

The U.S Institute of Museum and Library Services recently “challenged museums and libraries to transform how they collaborate with their communities.”(1) This webinar focuses on how pubic libraries answer this call to action by partnering with institutions, groups, and individuals in their communities to offer high-impact health programming. Based on research conducted as part of Let’s Move in Libraries (2), his ongoing blog series published by the ALA Public Programs Office on partnership-driven health programming (3) , and as part of a new project focused on how libraries contribute to food justice, Dr. Lenstra will provide on overview of strategies and tactics libraries use to start, sustain, and assess partnership-driven health programming. Particular attention will be given to small and rural libraries. Topics to be covered include: Finding the time to partner, identifying partners, joining community coalitions & task-forces, and leveraging partnerships to secure external funding and resources for your library. These topics will be illustrated through in-depth examples of actual public libraries from across the country engaged in ongoing partnership-driven health programming.

Bio: Dr. Noah Lenstra, MLIS is an assistant professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and the founder and director of Let’s Move in Libraries, an international initiative to get people of all ages and abilities moving through public libraries. He was a member of the PLA Promoting Healthy Communities Advisory Group (2017-2018). His research on these topics has been published in Library Quarterly, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, Journal of Library Administration, Advances in Library Administration and Organization and Public Library Quarterly. He has presented on increasing physical activity through libraries at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA), the Azalea Coast Library Association, the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, and at the Nebraska State Library’s Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference. He received his PhD in Library and Information Science in 2016 from the University of Illinois. He wrote the Forward for the recently published (May 2018) handbook Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages, written by library director Jenn Carson, and published by ALA Editions. Let’s Move in Libraries is a partner organization in the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life initiative, and Lenstra is an Affiliated Faculty Member in the UNCG Gerontology Department. He has run three marathons and hopes to keep running for the rest of his life. Get involved and get moving at


Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Region/Office: National
Dec 4, 2018
11:00AM CT
Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist

Class Overview

KernelOfKnowledge_0.pngThe Kernel of Knowledge is an expert-speaker webinar series from the Greater Midwest Region which provides one-hour sessions on topics of interest to National Network of Medical Libraries (NNLM) members throughout the year. Sessions are scheduled on an ongoing basis, check back often for upcoming presentations! All Kernel of Knowledge sessions are eligible for 1.0 contact hour of Medical Library Association continuing education credit.

Webinars from this series are recorded. Recordings can be found on the main page for this series or on our YouTube channel