Providing Outreach to the Rural Population in Arkansas? Delta Region
This project will connect public libraries in the rural Delta region of Arkansas with the necessary technologies and resources to provide consumer health information to their patrons. This project will increase awareness of authoritative health and science resources from the National Library of Medicine for the Delta region, which consists of Chicot, Crittenden, Desha, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, and St. Francis counties of Arkansas. It will include a needs assessment to elucidate the health information needs of public libraries and the public in this region of Arkansas. It will fund a Microsoft Surface for exhibiting purposes, classes with interested and in need public librarians and library staff, as demonstrated by the needs assessment survey, and health fairs as they are scheduled. It will fund five iPad Air 2s that will be given to Delta region public libraries with the greatest need. The purpose of the project will be to teach health information literacy to public library staff so that they can teach their patrons.