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Thank you, NER members!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Dear NN/LM New England Region members,

Thank you for your outpouring of congratulations and notes of appreciation!  I’ve greatly enjoyed working for the NN/LM NER for the past 13 years.  I will miss my New England Region, NN/LM, UMassMed, and National Library of Medicine colleagues very much!  I feel very lucky to have made so many wonderful friends in our region and nationally.  In my new position at the Massachusetts Library System, I will present professional development workshops, facilitate community partnerships, and support strategic planning for all types of libraries throughout the state.   My path will surely continue to cross with our Massachusetts members.  If you would like to get in touch with me in the future, you can find my new contact information on the Massachusetts Library System contact page in mid-September.  You can also connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter (@MichelleEberle).

I’ve always felt blessed to serve a network of librarians who make a difference in people’s lives every day – contributing to patient safety, bridging the digital divide, supporting biomedical research, and improving health literacy.  Keep up the good work!  Please stay in touch.

With appreciation,

Michelle Eberle

Invitation to Create a 5in15 Booktalk

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Our colleagues at the Massachusetts Library System extend the invitation to NN/LM NER network members to participate in their 5in15 booktalk program. MLS is particularly interested in booktalks on health and science topics that provide recommendations from multiple perspectives.

[From the Massachusetts Library System]

Massachusetts Library System

5in15 booktalks

Have you read five books?
Can you talk about them?
And can you do it in 15 minutes?

We seek well spoken readers to help us create 15 minute booktalks,
covering five titles. Each talk should cover three new titles and two
readalike or backlist titles. Each booktalk should revolve around one
central theme.

Ideas include:

• Specific genre favorites
• Best leading men/women
• Beach reads
• Holiday hits

Talks are recorded with GoToWebinar for audio and screencast capture. We will provide a slide template. You fill in the Title, speaker’s slide (with your name, title, and affiliation) and a slide for each book. Book slides should include:

• Cover image
• Title
• Author
• Release Date
• Publisher

We’ll schedule one hour to meet online. During that time, you deliver your
crafted 15 minute delivery of 5in15. The MLS Tech Team will edit the
recordings and extract the audio. On the fifth day of the intended month,
your 5in15 will be shared with the MLS membership as both a video and
a podcast.

5 in 15
For more information contact:
Kristi Chadwick, Advisor
508-357-2121 x117
866-627-7228 (toll free in MA)
Twitter @booksnyarn

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,

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