Nancy Patterson






Nancy Patterson, MLS

Community Outreach Coordinator

Phone: 410-706-2855 or 1-800-338-7657 (choice #1 on menu)


Nancy is responsible for outreach to community and faith groups in the region and serves them through teaching, monitoring funded projects and exhibiting at consumer health expos and conferences. She teaches several consumer health classes for these groups, often using a train-the-trainer approach. Nancy teaches introduction to health disparities/health literacy classes and outreach workshops as well as basic introductions to NLM consumer health resources. In addition, some of the “canned” classes she teaches are:  Healthy Aging, Health Information for Refugee Populations, First People, Lasting Health: Online Resources for Native-American Health Information, African American Community Health, Promoting Health Literacy Through Easy-to-Read Materials (revised for community groups), Beyond an Apple a Day and Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts?

Professional Interests:

Nancy has served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeastern Atlantic region since October 2009 – only requiring a two-floor move as she was previously Head, Resource Sharing for the Health Sciences & Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has worked as a public librarian and an arts librarian, always enjoying the opportunity to assist people in learning how to learn. What better life-improvement tool exists? She is passionate about increasing health literacy in the fight to reduce health disparities and to ensure equal access to information for everyone.


MLS, University of Maryland 2003
BA, University of Maryland 1985

Just for Fun:

Travel tip (learned the hard way): When travelling from severe winter weather to the Caribbean and parking at the airport’s satellite lot, LEAVE YOUR PARKA IN THE CAR!