Health Happens in Libraries

  • Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis

    We're excited to announce a new report from OCLC and the Public Library Association (PLA). Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis, offers tested strategies to consider as libraries determine local responses to the nationwide public he...

  • Library as a Social Assistance Office

    With a determined stride and a big smile, Ida Abolins walks over to the writing desk at the window of the library in San Francisco and asks a young man bending over a pile of paper, "How are you doing?"

    Overlooking the lavish City ...

  • Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities: Upcoming Course

    WebJunction is collaborating with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to design a series of courses for public library staff related to health topics. The next course, available in March through WebJunction, is Libraries as ...

  • Books, Programming, Resources: Helping Patrons Through the Opioid Crisis

    The opioid crisis which has crashed through American communities has brought patrons to public libraries seeking information about opioids and addiction. This collection of resources can help you connect patrons to the information that they need to s...

  • Where Compassion Meets Action: California State Library Mental Health Initiative Webinar Series

    In addition to webinars and courses created through WebJunction, we are pleased to include quality content from other organizations. As part of the California State Library Mental Health Initiative, Infopeople, the education and training branch of Ca...

  • It's a Wrap! Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information Course

    When Finger Lakes Library System librarian, Jenny Shonk, recently faced a personal health issue, she found herself turning to the convenience of Wikipedia for research. Shonk, who is the continuing education and outreach public librarian in Ithaca, N...

  • October is Health Literacy Month

    Health literacy is bigger than any one person, profession or program. It takes all of us working together to improve health understanding. That includes those who are working at, overseeing and visiting public libraries.

    Helen Osborne has focu...

  • Programs for Culinary Literacy at the Gwinnett County Public Library

    The number of libraries offering garden and culinary-focused programming have been "growing" and we love to highlight the ways libraries are innovating in this area. We recently had the opportunity to speak with staff at the Gwinnett County...

  • Denver Public Library: Opioid Response Profile

    Denver Public Library's Community Resource Program (CRP) is the foundation for the library's response to the opioid crisis. The program launched in 2015 as a solution to staff interest in better serving individuals experiencing homelessness, and expa...

  • Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information

    WebJunction and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine will present a free, online course for public library staff about health and medical information on Wikipedia.

    When public library staff assist patrons seeking information ...