Great Health Information for the Library Setting from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Check out these great resources from the NN/LM for health information and ideas  for your library.  HEART Roundtable-Lisa Spencer
September is Go4Life® Month
September  Go4Life® Month. Did you know the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active? Go4Life sample exercises,  exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, even tools for setting goals and tracking progress, NIA’s got it all! What’s more, all the information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+. Your library may want to sponsor Go4Lifeprogramming in September and now’s the time to start planning.
This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, walk the dog – all activities important to older adults. /ch

Consumer Health Information Specialization/Medical Library Association CE Offering
Interested in getting Consumer Health Information Specialization credits or Medical Library Association CE in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse? We’ve got you covered with a 12 credit hour CE online class for providing consumer health services. Read on for the details:
CLASS: Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services
This 12 credit hour CE course defines the basics of consumer health information and then dives directly into the essential skills and information that library staff needs to help users find trustworthy, appropriate health information.
COURSE STRUCTURE: This course is self-paced; there are no set class hours for you to attend. The course is divided into 4 weekly units, beginning the week of September 12th. The units build upon one another, with Week 1 providing the foundation for the rest of the course. Week 1 assignments are essential and will likely take a little more time than assignments for the remaining weeks. Time commitment: plan on an average of 3 hours per week.
September 7-9th – set up Moodle account, review class materials, create/update profile, and introduce yourself.
Week of September 12th (Week 1) – Consumer Health Basics
Week of September 19th (Week 2) – Health Reference
Week of September 26th (Week 3) – Health Resources: There’s a (Book, Web, App) for That
Week of October 3rd (Week 4) – The Library as a Healthy Place
CERTIFICATE of COMPLETION or MLA CE CREDIT: This course has been certified for 12 contact hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit. If you are taking this course for MLA CE, there are specific requirements to satisfy the 12-hour instruction requirement. The coursework also provides everything you need to qualify for Level 1 CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA.
Information on MLA CE credit.
Information on the CHIS certification.
REGISTRATION: Space is limited, so register soon @
COST: No charge.
QUESTIONS: Please contact Dana Abbey (

Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award
Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of the K-12 School Partnership Award.
The purpose of this funding is to support new or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, academic, or health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) to promote and/or introduce NLM health information resources that could serve as a model for other partnerships. Examples of projects include raising awareness of NLM health information resources, participation in health fairs, or developing media resources featuring NLM health information resources. The NN/LM MCR will fund two awards up to $2,500 each.
Single year Awards: Project performance period will begin and end within the NN/LM MCR budget period: May 1, 2016 thru April 30, 2017.
  • Application Due Date: September 30, 2016
  • Notification of Award: October 10, 2016
Prior awarded projects:
  1. Public library partnership with a six county prevention coalition to provide teen health outreach programming in the areas of youth mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and depression.
  2. Academic library partnership with a middle school and a volunteer community health organization to instruct students on evaluating and using online health information.
  3. Public library partnership with an elementary school to conduct  fun after school programming for K-3 on health topics incorporating play to engage participants in healthy behaviors and body functions.
  4. High school library partnership with health careers academy to create public service announcements relevant to the student’s medical and bioscience curriculum.
  5. Hospital library partnership with a school serving K-8 students with chronic illnesses to provide instruction to bolster health literacy skills.
For application instructions and to access the online submission form click here.
Award contact: Dana Abbey @ or 303/724-2110.

Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information Online Course
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) invites you to this 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources.
From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information
August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016
Class Description:
This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.
This class has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association for each part and is eligible for MLA Level I and Level II CHIS.

For the full list of training opportunities see:
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
MidContinental Region
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library


Save the Date – ULA Fall Workshop

ULA Fall Workshop

Friday, September 30, 2016

Grand County Library

Moab, Utah

Theme:  Libraries: “Archway to the Future”


Session topics will include advocacy, State Library offerings, health & wellness resources, and others TBD.  The luncheon speaker will be Roy Webb from the University of Utah, a river running specialist and author.  More details to come.  Please save the date and plan to join us for a great time in scenic Southeast Utah.

Utah Library Association Statement on Orlando Shooting

we are orlandoEsteemed Colleagues,

Since the catastrophic event at Pulse in Orlando, we have witnessed beautiful tributes to victims and survivors through news and social media. We have also seen unfortunate support for hatred, judgement, and exclusiveness. It is difficult to navigate such emotions. And it is even more difficult to express the profound sadness I’ve felt during this tumultuous time.

I’m writing to you to unite our voices and ignite our efforts as Utah Librarians. Day by day, we experience opportunities to do better for the people we have the privilege to serve. It truly is a privilege. We are fortunate to work in a field that not only experiences diversity, but also values it. However, it is not enough that our library buildings exist as institutions open to all. Our buildings are merely structures. You create the humanity in your library.  It is a Librarian who radiates inclusiveness. It is a Librarian who sets an example for someone who lacks courage to accept another. It is the Librarian who values each individual and their story. It is a Librarian who uses only one label for every person – important.

My friends, I believe libraries are the center of our communities only because you have your community members at the center of your heart. Now, it is our opportunity to act. Please join with me. Renew your dedication to inclusion. Start and continue conversations about inclusiveness with your team members. Enhance your daily interactions with every individual knowing they have a unique and important story. Use every opportunity to demonstrate humanity and kindness along with great information.

Our community members deserve our voices and our courage. Let us do this for them, for each other, and for ourselves.

Jami Munk Carter
President, 2016-2017
Utah Library Association

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Silent Auction – Thank you!

The ULA Silent Auction of 2016 brought together tons of goodwill and a bit of excitement Thursday night of the conference. We had 30 items valued at over $2,000.00 donated to the auction this year and we raised over $1,400.00 for scholarships for first time conference attendees. There were a few bidding wars that were fun to watch (and participate in)!

The Silent Auction Committee, Rich Paustenbaugh and Liesl Seborg, send a very heartfelt thank you to the bidders. (We don’t want to name names but there were 20 winning bidders and all 30 items were taken home.) And many thanks to our wonderful donors (and wranglers) for this year’s auction:

  • Allyson Mower & Paul Mogren
  • Anne Diekma
  • Brigham Young University – Harold B Lee Library–coordinated by Roger Layton
  • Carrie Rogers-Whitehead
  • David Vandyke, Jennie Hansen, Jo Schneider & Mark Minson
  • Dixie State University coordinated by Rich Pastenbaugh
  • Intermountain Healthcare Central Region Libraries and the LiveWell Campaign coordinated by Trudy Jorgensen-Price
  • Liesl Seborg
  • Local Authors: Jana S Brown & Mark Minson
  • Local Authors: Lora Koehler & Dr.Vicky Burgess
  • Local Authors: Nan Weber & CR Asay
  • Marilyn Getz
  • Pamela Park
  • Salt Lake Community College coordinated by Jon Glenn
  • Southern Utah University coordinated by Trudy Widup
  • Stacy Vincent
  • Susan Hamada & Bobbie Pyron
  • Susan Jeppesen
  • Trish Hull
  • University of Utah coordinated by Catherine Soehner
  • Utah State University & USU Libraries coordinated by Pamela Martin
  • Wanda Huffaker
  • Weber State University and Stewart Library coordinated by Jamie Weeks
  • Westminster College – Giovale Library coordinated by Amy Kelly

We look forward to next year’s auction and watch for the scholarship application announcement coming soon.