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Health Happens in Libraries Update

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

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,

Measuring the Difference

While relocating our NLM educational materials to a new supply room, we discovered about a dozen copies of the “oldie, but goodie” Measuring the Difference: Guide to Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach by Catherine Burroughs (2000). The following topics are covered in the guide:

Stage 1: Conducting a Community Assessment
Stage 2: Developing Goals and Objectives
Stage 3: Planning Activities and Strategies
Stage 4: Planning Evaluation
Stage 5: Gathering Data and Assessing Results
Stage 6: Utilizing and Reporting Results

If you would like a copy of this classic NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center Guide, please email Michelle Eberle.

Measuring the Difference Guide

Boston College eScience Events

Two Upcoming eScience Events – Wednesday, June 8th 2016

For complete information see

There is still space available for this FREE event, so register today!

Important: You will indicate which event(s) you intend to participate in on the registration form!

Event information:

Location for both events: Boston College Theology and Ministry Library, Auditorium
(Room 113) Boston College Brighton Campus (
map & directions; free parking is available)

 Morning Event: Open Science Framework (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

“Demonstration and Discussion”
Speaker: April Clyburne-Sherin, Center for Open Science

 April Clyburne-Sherin is an epidemiologist and research methodologist working to open research through education. She works as the Reproducible Research Evangelist at the Center for Open Science where she conducts workshops on open and reproducible research practices for scientists and students. She will talk about reproducibility of research, open workflows, and The Open Science Framework (OSF), a free, open source web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research.

 Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
Participants will have lunch on their own. Options include campus dining locations or at another off-campus restaurant (for suggestions).

Please be aware that all these options require a short walk, so participants may want to bring their own lunch.

 Afternoon Event: The 3rd Research Data Management Roundtable (1:20 pm – 4:00 pm)
“Data Management Instruction: Teaching One-Shot Workshops”

Topic 1: One-shot Instruction 

Topic 2: Sharing anecdotes about your experiences

This is the third in a series of informal roundtable discussions on specific research data management topics. In this Roundtables discussion on one-shot instruction we are expanding to include the sharing of anecdotes about teaching (good, bad, useful, difficult, etc.) and also sharing tools used in teaching (outlines, PowerPoints, exercises, charts or tables, or other useful print or digital objects.) Teaching one-shots are ubiquitous to data management education and offer a plethora of instructive insights and examples! In the first half of the afternoon we will talk in small groups about teaching workshops; then in the second half we will share our experiences and teaching tools with the larger group.

Come with your experiences and bring a tool, handout, presentation, class outlines, or an exercise to showcase!

For questions about registration, contact Tom Hohenstein (

For non-registration questions about the event, please contact Carolyn Mills (

Both events are sponsored by Boston College and the New England e-Science Program.

 We look forward to seeing you all at Boston College, June 8th!

Planning Committee,

Carolyn Mills

Sally Wyman

Julie Goldman

Thea Atwood

Tom Hohenstein


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