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Connecting Communities To Health, Margot G. Malachowski May 2017

Connecting Communities To Health, Margot G. Malachowski

Margot G Malachowski, MLS, AHIP

Libraries have a long history of meeting public demand for consumer health information. A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 37 percent of library computer users (28 million people) use the computers and seek assistance from librarians for health/wellness issues. How can you help connect these library users to the health information they need? Learn about the free, authoritative health information resources available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), as well as best practices for working with all types of patrons looking for medical, health and wellness information. You will also learn more about the National Network ...


Piecing It Together With Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (Oerc)'S Planning And Evaluating Health Information Projects Booklets, Margot G. Malachowski Apr 2016

Piecing It Together With Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (Oerc)'S Planning And Evaluating Health Information Projects Booklets, Margot G. Malachowski

Margot G Malachowski, MLS, AHIP

The Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) provides support for health information outreach through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). In 2013, the OERC released the second edition of The Planning and Evaluating Health Information Projects booklets. The Health Sciences Library at Baystate Health identified an objective to use these booklets to plan and evaluate a community engagement done in collaboration with The Literacy Project, an adult literacy organization operating in Franklin County, Massachusetts.


Medical Home Work: Providing Social Media For Community Partners, Margot G. Malachowski Sep 2015

Medical Home Work: Providing Social Media For Community Partners, Margot G. Malachowski

Margot G Malachowski, MLS, AHIP

In 2011, the Health Sciences Library at Baystate Health began participating in the monthly meetings of the Medical Home Work Group for families with special needs children in Western MA. The Community Outreach Librarian sat at the table for a few months before offering to do social media outreach for this group. This lightning presentation describes the evolution from tentative first steps to the routine use of Wordpress, Facebook and Twitter. This is an imperfect journey, with lots of stops and starts, which lead to a feeling of goodwill toward the Health Sciences Library as well as the sharing of ...


Stealth Reference: Reaching Non-Library Users, Margot G. Malachowski May 2015

Stealth Reference: Reaching Non-Library Users, Margot G. Malachowski

Margot G Malachowski, MLS, AHIP

Stealth /stelTH/ noun 3. Being amazingly slick or smooth (Urban Dictionary, accessed 10/08/2014). In May 2015, librarians Margot Malachowski, Anne Gancarz and John Walsh shared their experiences with doing outreach to folks who don't use the library. This presentation attracted 80 attendees at the Massachusetts Library Association Annual Meeting.


Let's Go: Participating In Community Health Initiatives, Margot G. Malachowski May 2014

Let's Go: Participating In Community Health Initiatives, Margot G. Malachowski

Margot G Malachowski, MLS, AHIP

Public libraries are key community partners for hospital systems looking to address the health needs of their communities. In May 2014, Margot Malachowski and Annamarie Golden (Baystate Health) and Anne Gancarz (Chicopee Public Library) presented their community outreach work at the Massachusetts Library Assoc. Annual Meeting in Worcester, MA.


A Tale Of Two Health Sciences Libraries Working To Improve Health Literacy [Poster], Margot G. Malachowski Mls, Kate Saylor Msi May 2013

A Tale Of Two Health Sciences Libraries Working To Improve Health Literacy [Poster], Margot G. Malachowski Mls, Kate Saylor Msi

Margot G Malachowski, MLS, AHIP

Our presentation demonstrates two health sciences libraries performing outreach in public libraries to achieve these community goals: increased awareness of high-quality online resources for health information; improved confidence in finding and evaluating good health information; and increased knowledge of the resources and benefits to be gained from partnering with a health sciences library.


Hospital Collaboration With A Public Library [Poster], Margot Malachowski Mls Mar 2012

Hospital Collaboration With A Public Library [Poster], Margot Malachowski Mls

Margot G Malachowski, MLS, AHIP

Baystate Health is a teaching hospital located in Springfield, MA. Our city’s population is 52% White; 22% Black; 39% Hispanic (regardless of race). Nearly 24% of our families speak Spanish at home. Poverty rates are 27%, as compared with 10% statewide. These populations are less likely to use the internet to find health information. The Dept of Health & Human Services draws a correlation between internet-based information seeking and the status of people experiencing disease, finding inverse relationships between internet use and incidence of asthma, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions. Libraries play a role in Healthy People 2020 by ...


Collaboration With A Public Library, Margot G. Malachowski Oct 2011

Collaboration With A Public Library, Margot G. Malachowski

Margot G Malachowski, MLS, AHIP

The Baystate Health Sciences Library (Springfield, MA) collaborated with Springfield City Library to provide monthly instruction in MedlinePlus.gov. The goals were to increase confidence levels in the use of MedlinePlus.gov and to satisfy those interested in learning how to search Internet. The project successfully attracted Springfield residents with low- to moderate computer skills. Our biggest problem? We didn’t attract a lot of participants. This lightning presentation will cover our accomplishments and lessons learned.


Reflecting On Our History: Digitizing Materials For Hospital Archives [Poster], Margot Malachowski Mls Apr 2010

Reflecting On Our History: Digitizing Materials For Hospital Archives [Poster], Margot Malachowski Mls

Margot G Malachowski, MLS, AHIP

The Ithaka Report 2006 investigated trends in the valuation of library functions by faculty. Faculty placed high values on library functions as purchaser and archive even as the valuation of information gateway declined. This poster demonstrates an effort toward expanding the archive function of a hospital library. We will describe our pilot program to digitize historical documents and photographs.