How to Develop Healthy Living Programs through Shared Use Partnerships
Presenter: Noah Lenstra, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Summary: Shared use occurs when government entities or other organizations agree to open their facilities for use by the broader community. Although not typically described as such, this type of activity increasingly occurs in libraries throughout the country, and beyond. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2017) reports that at the public library in Monterey Park, California, “line dance leader Kit Cheung teaches her class in an unlikely place —the parking lot of a local library.” Librarians increasingly “share” their spaces in this way. Another common example is summer meal programs, where libraries serve as meal sites, but not typically meal program sponsors. This webinar gives you the information you need to bring shared use partnerships to your library. We’ll go over how to reach out to potential partners, how to develop memorandums of understanding, how to work through perceptions of legal liability, and how to institutionalize shared use agreements. The focus will be on shared use agreements to increase healthy living practices, particularly around Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL).
Presenter Bio: Dr. Noah Lenstra, MLIS is an assistant professor of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he founded and directs the Let’s Move in Libraries initiative. He is the author of the forthcoming book Healthy Living at the Library (2020, Libraries Unlimited), and in July 2019 received (with colleagues from Wayne State and University of Oklahoma) a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to study “How do small and rural public libraries address health and wellness through public programs?” He is a member of the Public Library Association’s Promoting Healthy Communities Advisory Group. His research on these topics has been published in numerous scholarly articles, and he blogs monthly on this topic for the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office. Lenstra is an Affiliated Faculty Member in the UNCG Gerontology Department, and has worked with the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life campaign for the past two years. Get involved and get moving at http://letsmovelibraries.org/.
Oct 3, 2019
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET
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