Journal Article: “Public Libraries as Community Health Partners”
The article linked below was recently published by Certified Public Manager® Applied Research
Library Director, Buda Public Library, City of Buda
Certified Public Manager® Applied Research (3)1
Public libraries are a combination meeting space, educational resource, information repository, and community building organization. As such, they are already positioned to act as a valuable partner in the public health arena. This article researches the basic tenets of public health and identifies areas that public libraries could participate in productively. This article also reviews literature about the potential of public libraries as health partners, as well as what is already being accomplished from the perspective of both library/information sciences and public health studies. This will include the benefits that libraries can bring to public health work and the barriers that need to be overcome for a successful partnership. It also discusses existing methods in library service that can be used to promote public health objectives and describes several library-based public health initiatives and the opinions of Central Texas librarians regarding providing health information services to their patrons.
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13 pages; PDF.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.