Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities Call to Action

For the last six months or so I’ve been serving on the advisory board for the Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis a joint PLA and OCLC project funded by IMLS with the goal of learning how public libraries are responding to the opioid crisis in their communities.  Last week the final piece of the project was released, the Call to Action. It includes ideas, and resources … Continue reading Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities Call to Action

Mindfulness Presentation at ALA MidWinter 2020 #ALAmw20 #health4libs

On Sunday I hosted a session on Mindfulness at ALA MidWinter for the ALA Allied Professional Association. This was an interactive session with the audience who shared their practices and recommendations. Many great resources were shared beyond what is included in my slides and the session was not recorded so hopefully, some will share their recommendations in the comments. For what is worth here is … Continue reading Mindfulness Presentation at ALA MidWinter 2020 #ALAmw20 #health4libs

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Health and Wellness at ALA MidWinter #ALAMW20 #Libs4Health

If you will be at ALA MidWinter there are several sessions about health and wellness that might interest you. Wellness in the Library Workplace: LLAMA Leadership Development Seminar Sunday, January 26, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 113-C You’re a library manager or administrator. You already know how the library helps those in your community find health information. However, do you … Continue reading Health and Wellness at ALA MidWinter #ALAMW20 #Libs4Health

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Bringing Wellness into the Library Workplace

It feels strange to return to blogging after almost a year away. I have drifted away from it for a number of reasons: changes in my personal life, a job with a different focus, putting my time and focus elsewhere both consciously and unconsciously, and making space for new bloggers. Over the years I have mostly blogged on topics related to the work I was … Continue reading Bringing Wellness into the Library Workplace

SUSPECT – Like CRAAP for Apps

  I’ve been working on the section on mobile apps in Stand Up for Health, and I decided app evaluation needs an acronym like CRAAP and I came up with SUSPECT. If you’re considering other health-related mobile apps, it’s important to SUSPECT or ask the following questions Seeking – Why are you searching for an app? Does this app do something you want or need? … Continue reading SUSPECT – Like CRAAP for Apps

October is Health Literacy Month, How will your library participate?

Pew recently reported that health information is the second most searched online topic (1). Public libraries are on the frontlines of health information needs of their communities. Public libraries are often the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities and are a trusted institution (2).  Technology and media literacy are important aspects of health literacy. Over 75% of those seeking health information start a search … Continue reading October is Health Literacy Month, How will your library participate?

Updated ALA Surival Packing & Survival Tips for #ALAAC2017

After seeing a couple of tweets of an older version of this from 2013, I decided it’s time to update my 2014 post.  I travel quite a bit for work now, and I’ve picked up some new items and refined older practices. I put NEW next to new items or new models for those of you who had seen this before but left much of … Continue reading Updated ALA Surival Packing & Survival Tips for #ALAAC2017