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Health Happens in Libraries Update

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Margot Malachowski, our Healthy Communities COI Leader, is featured in the Public Libraries Online article about the Health Happens in Libraries project.

[Source: WebJunction’s e-newsletter]

Hello, and welcome to summer –

June 30 marks the completion of the third year of WebJunction’s Health Happens in Libraries project. We’re incredibly proud of the work that we’ve witnessed from public libraries to advance health and wellness in your communities.

Recently, we had the opportunity to publish a three-part article series at Public Libraries Online, reflecting on the evolution of the project over the past few years, and celebrating the contributions of public libraries in building healthy communities. We invite you to read and share these articles with your networks.

Part 1: Public Libraries Promote Health Literacy

Part 2: Programs

Part 3: Promoting Health Information and Services at Your Library

As a reminder, in addition to updates from this email list, you can also stay up-to-date on WebJunction activities and resources on a wide variety of library-specific topics through our twice-monthly newsletter, Crossroads. If you are not yet subscribed to receive Crossroads, you can sign-up here.

And, as always, if you have questions, feedback, or your own story to tell about how your library promotes community health, you can contact the WebJunction team at any time.

Enjoy a happy, healthy summer!


Libraries Transform Campaign

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Libraries Transform

Looking for creative ways to demonstrate the value and impact of your library’s services? The American Libraries Association’s Libraries Transform campaign provides librarians with creative ideas and a toolkit to increase public awareness of the value, impact, and services provided by librarians.

ALA encourages your library to get involved to:

  • Ensure that there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession, showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age.
  • Provide a fresh opportunity to position your library as vital to the people it serves and the community at large.
  • Strengthen relationships with members of the community and colleagues, build relationships with influentials in your library environment, and partner with local organizations.
  • Tell your library’s story.
  • Localize the campaign to fit your advocacy priorities, while growing the collective impact of a national campaign.

The campaign includes “because statements” that you can distribute to your social media networks or download for posters, bookmarks, and display at your library.  Some examples include:

Because students can't afford scholarly journals on a ramen noodle budget. Libraries TransformBecause there is no single source for information. (Sorry, Wikipedia.)Because more than a quarter of U.S. households don't have a computer with an internet connection. Libraries Transform.Because why shouldn't you be able to bring your grande caramel snickerdoodle macchiato?


The ALA Libraries Transform Campaign features the top 10 ways to to engage with the campaign:

1)   Tweet about your most innovative and impactful services using the #librariestransform hashtag.
2)   Download and print “Because…” posters and them around your community. Think about posting them in unexpected places.
3)   Download and print the postcards and send them to your stakeholders with messages about new, innovative programs and services at your library. Or, use them to reconnect with lapsed cardholders, inviting them to re-visit the library.
4)   Include Libraries Transform messaging in your community newsletters, e-newsletter or regular email blasts to stakeholders.
5)   Download the Libraries Transform web banners and embed them on your website.
6)   Invite your community members to share their stories of how “libraries transform” on your social media platforms – Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.
7)   Host an event to build community awareness of a new creative service at your library (such as a makerspace, new collaborative work spaces or a new digital collection).
8)   Use the Libraries Transform brand on flyers and brochures to promote special programs and services at your library.
9)   Include Libraries Transform messaging in your press releases, print and radio PSAs, op-eds, and letters-to-the-editors to local media.
10) Conduct your own creative guerilla marketing stunt to delight and surprise your community. For inspiration, check out the Outside the Lines initiative to see how some libraries have creatively connected with their community.

An easy way to get involved is to create your own “Because” statements and share them on social media.  If you have a “libraries transform” story that you would like the NN/LM NER to share on our blog or Facebook/Twitter accounts, please send your stories to me at

Source:  Libraries Transform,

Healthnet News

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Hello Everyone:

HealthNet’s spring newsletter is waiting for you!

This issue features concussion spotting tools, a computational search engine, a website with bite-sized nutrition education videos, help for seniors in debt, and more.

Here’s your link to good health:

Happy reading!


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Health Happens in Libraries Update

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

[WebJunction announcement]

The Health Happens in Libraries team has posted the new article Just Another Day at the Desk: squirrels, professional ethics and consumer health informationwith resources to support public libraries as you provide ethical responses to consumer health information requests.

Resources such as the guide Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services. It includes guidance on how to provide ethical services when you aren’t a health expert; ethical communication practices for when you and your patron speak different languages; and how to maintain an ethical and reliable collection for health information consumers. The guide also includes individual and team reflection questions to help you consider these topics proactively. The PDF guide can be downloaded here.

Please-take a look! Print a copy, share with your colleagues and post your ideas for using these resources to social media, using the hashtag #libs4health.

We appreciate your engagement as we continue to spread the word about our program resources.

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