Library Outreach Brings Health Information to the Community by Ruth Smith

Since 2001, over eight thousand citizens from Southeastern Virginia have attended Brickell Library outreach events at a variety of venues, including public libraries, senior centers, health fairs, employee benefit sessions, public schools. These informative events provide the region’s non-health science librarians, the general public and government leaders with free training on how to access health information.  But what happens once we are gone and the event had ended? How do we ensure that help is nearby?

Since 2007, regional academic, public and military librarians have attended a 12 hour certification program in Consumer Health Information held at the Brickell Medical Sciences Library. On July 30th and 31st, 2012, 25 area school librarians attended classes taught by Kathy Wheeler, Reference / Clinical Medical Librarian and Ruth Smith, Outreach Services Coordinator. The attendees represented grades k-12 and were from the Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Suffolk Public School Systems. Their coursework complete, they will receive Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization Level 1 Certification for Non-Health Librarians and will return to their schools prepared to help their students and students navigate the complicated area of health information. Congratulation to our School Librarians!

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