Public libraries are trusted institutions at the heart of most communities across Kansas. They provide public meeting spaces, enriching learning opportunities for all ages, access to information, and outreach services that extend the library's reach deep into the community.
This webinar will explore some of the ways that rural librarians collaborate with others to support healthy communities. Presenters will go over the basics of what libraries are, what librarians do, and some promising examples of joint community partnerships related to food security, healthy aging, behavioral health, health insurance literacy, and telehealth.
Dr. Noah Lenstra is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he brings a community engagement approach to the study and teaching of public libraries. Inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, Noah founded the Let’s Move in Libraries initiative, which focuses on supporting healthy living via innovative community partnerships involving public librarians.
Dr. Emily Vardell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, where she teaches graduate courses on consumer health and health sciences librarianship, among other topics. Her research interests include health information behavior with a focus on health insurance literacy.
Janet Reynolds has served Library District #2 of Linn County, Kansas since 1979, just after her junior year of high school. As a member of the Child & Community Well-Being Committee of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), she works with a range of partners to support food security and healthy aging.
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For questions, please contact Ashley.Wallace@ks.gov.