Health Happens in Libraries

  • 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 ...

  • Journal of Collaborative Librarianship - Libraries and the Opioid Response

    The first in a series of two articles was published in Collaborative Librarianship, with an introduction to the project research. The article is available for review and download.

    The nation is experiencing an opioid epidemic. As communit...

  • New York State Library Provides Opioid Overdose Guidance to All Libraries in the State

    In New York, state law was recently changed to allow public libraries to administer naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug. This prompted the New York State Library and several partnering organizations to collaborate in developing guidance, reso...

  • Opioid Resources from the Centers for Disease Control

    Through its Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) Program, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has supplied the following educational resources for public libraries to use. This collection of printable posters, handouts, an...

  • Opioid Crisis Responses from Public Libraries

    As staff, trustees and volunteers of public libraries around the country are being confronted by the opioid crisis, news stories, events and resources have surfaced which highlight how libraries are addressing these emerging needs. From administering...

  • 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...