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(via Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University)

Booth Library was awarded $18,000 from the National Library of Medicine to implement a health literacy program in the Southeastern region of Illinois. With the award funding, Booth Library partnered with the EIU Department of Public Health and Health Communication program to create a virtual training module including videos and resources on various health literacy topics. Content was based on the needs of local public libraries and community organizations.

The grant program was led by Stacey Knight-Davis, Booth Library health and nursing librarian; Dr. Lauri DeRuiter-Willems, Department of Public Health and Nutrition; Dr. Beth Gill, School of Communication and Journalism; and Kim Ross and Carrie Wennerdahl, digital health literacy coordinators.

A library guide about digital health literacy was created as a result of this program. It can be accessed here.

This program was funded by Region 6 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, whose mission is to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. This work was supported by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Cooperative Agreement number UG4LM013729 with the University of Iowa. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.​

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(via Bobbi Newman, NNLM Region 6)

You are invited to join us for the first NNLM (Network of the National Library of Medicine) Book Discussion! From May 1 until July 31, we will read Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick.   ​​

NNLM Book Discussion offers librarians and library staff interested in better understanding health issues faced by people in the communities that they serve an opportunity to explore topics with other professionals and earn Continuing Education Credit.

After acquiring the book in your preferred format, you can join us any time between May and July 31 to participate. Participants can complete the book and earn CE credit on their schedule.

Requirements to Earn CE

  • complete the book in your preferred format
  • log into the Moodle
  • explore the related resources
  • do ONE of the following
    • answer the required discussion question in Moodle
    • attend one of the two live discussion sessions and participate (Wednesday, June 1, at 1:00 PM CDT, or Thursday, July 7, at 2:00 PM CDT) 

It is not necessary to engage in Moodle discussions for all three months, although you are welcome to do so.


  • to increase library staff awareness and understanding of health issues faced by individuals and communities
  • explore health resources from NLM, NIH, and other organizations related to the topic

To register to participate in the book discussion, please go here. Registering requires having an NNLM account. To create one, please go here. If you have any questions, please direct them to Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist for Region 6, at bobbi-newman@uiowa.edu.

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(via Bobbi Newman, Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 6)

Registration is open for the NNLM Region 6 webinar “Working With Youth Impacted by the Child Welfare System”​. It will take place on Wednesday, March 23, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CDT. More information, including the link to registration, is below.


Devon Abejo is a teen services librarian with King County Library System in the Seattle, Washington metro area. She has had nineteen foster children in her care over the past six years. In 2021, she was honored with the Unsung Heroes Award from the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families and the Stella Mae Carmichael Award from the Amara foster care agency. She earned a her MLIS from San Jose State University and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has spoken about her work as a foster parent and librarian, and the impact libraries can have on families affected by the child welfare system, for ALA and other organizations. Between the bustle of being a librarian and foster mom, she enjoys practicing her millenary skills. Many teens in foster care experience trauma unfathomable to most of us. Keeping abreast of the most up-to-date information around trauma-informed care is a meaningful way to provide services to this demographic. Just being a compassionate adult in a teen’s life can be a very important part of our work as librarians. Learning to lead with authenticity can help to bridge these relationships.

This webinar is the third in a series on trauma-informed librarianship. You can find upcoming webinars on this topic under the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 6 Spotlight Speaker Series.


This webinar includes live closed captioning.

Code of Conduct

NNLM is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. As such, we expect respectful interactions with instructors and learners. Read the full Code of Conduct here.


The recording of this webinar will be posted to our YouTube channel 1-2 weeks following the live event. The link will be e-mailed to everyone who registers.

For more information, and to register, please go here. Registering requires having an NNLM user account. To create an account, please go here. This webinar is worth 1.00 CE credits.

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(via Jacqueline Leskovec, Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 6)

If you are able to tune in, please register for the NNLM Region 6 Speaker Spotlight Series program “Tell Us About Your NNLM Project Award”. It will take place on Tuesday, March 1, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. Hear HSLI member Stacey Knight-Davis and her team at Eastern Illinois University discuss their work with digital health literacy and gender- and sexually-diverse populations, a Region 6-funded award.

Also, learn about the Atlantic Public Library, which will share its partnership with Healthy Cass County to provide Mental Health resources. Additionally, Literacy Minnesota will share how it is developing digital literacy skills for telehealth training modules.

There will be time to hear a little more about our Y2 awards. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 11, at 11:59 PM CDT.

To register for the event, please go here. Registering requires having an NNLM user account. To create an account, please go here. The class is worth 1.00 hour of CE credit.

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(via Rebecca Brown, Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Please join NNLM’s Region 4 while it kicks off its new webinar series, R4 Connections. All are welcome!

The first webinar, “Implementation of Telemedicine in Rural Public Libraries”, is scheduled for Thursday March 10, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. Registration is open here. To register, one must have an NNLM user account. To create an account, please go here.

The first session will feature guest speaker, Pamela DeGuzman, who will discuss her work on telemedicine in rural public libraries and her research in this area. This class is eligible for 1 MLA CE credit.


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(via Bobbi Newman–Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 6)

Registration is open for the webinar “Trauma-Informed Librarianship: Building Communities of Care”. It will take place on Thursday, January 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT, via Zoom. Please see below for more information, including the link to registration.

Trauma-informed librarianship (TIL) is a vital practice that invites us to be intentional and deliberate about creating cultural shifts in how we approach our work to move towards healing, for our patrons, for each other, and for ourselves. This webinar will introduce participants to what trauma is and how it impacts both individuals and communities; the principles and goals of trauma-informed librarianship; how we can apply this lens to library services in actionable ways to better support survivors in our libraries, whether they are patrons or colleagues; and how we can take care of ourselves too, through 10 concrete self-care strategies.

Guest Speaker Karina Hagelin (they/them) is a chronically ill and disabled queer femme librarian who is passionate about working with library workers and librarians who are committed to creating cultures that center healing through radical empathy, collective care, and social justice work. Blending their lived experiences and expertise on trauma-informed librarianship, they lead diverse groups of librarians and library workers through engaging, interactive, and informative webinars + workshops. Karina is currently based in Ithaca, New York, where they most recently worked as an Outreach and Instruction Librarian at Cornell University. You can find out more about their work on their website.

To register for the webinar, please go here. Having an NNLM account is required to register; create one here. The webinar is worth 1.00 CE credit.

This webinar is the first in a series on Trauma-Informed Librarianship. You can find upcoming webinars on this topic under our Spotlight Speaker Series from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 6.

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(via the Network of the National Library of Medicine)

We are excited to announce a call for applications for the 2021-2022 awards cycle. To accomplish the NNLM’s (Network of the National Library of Medicine’s) mission and goals, Region 6 extends funding to its network partners to achieve the following subaward program objectives:

  • First, to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data to advance research in medicine; consumer health reference and instruction; and meaningful engagement with diverse populations for health information outreach
  • Second, to increase awareness, access, evaluation, and use of National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy health resources to inform personal health and wellness decisions
  • Third, to provide health information access and health literacy training with a focus on Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) populations for advancing health equity

There are total of 5 award categories with funding up to $25,000. Period of performance will run from October 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 2. Learn more about each award on our blog post.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, NNLM Region 6 | No Comments »

HSLI Community Session Re-cap: NNLM Contract Cycle (2021-26)

On Friday, April 16th, HSLI sponsored an online community session about the new NNLM contract (2021-2026). Thank you to Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, GMR, for providing an update and introducing her colleague, Nora Barnett, GMR Outreach Coordinator.  

Slides are available for those who missed the session and/or would like to review them.

Re-cap of some changes and transitions with the new NNLM contract cycle that will begin Saturday, May 1st.

  • In the new arrangement, there will be seven regions.  Our region, formerly called GMR (Greater Midwest region), will be called Region 6. Three states: (Kentucky, North Dakota, and South Dakota) are being moved to other regions. NOTE: The NNLM regions are not related to the Medical Library Association chapters and the Midwest Chapter/MLA should not be confused with Region 6.
  • As the GMR region transitions to being Region 6, watch for a new logo, new website identity, etc. No one will have to re-subscribe to the Region’s weekly digest, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).  If you don’t already subscribe to the e-newsletter, you are invited to do so. To view the most recent issue with other news mentioned during the community session, click here.
  • Region 6  will be seeking persons for a variety of roles.
    • Emergency and Preparedness Coordinator from Illinois as the program is expanding in the new cooperative agreement.  Region 6 will sponsor the MLA Disaster Information Specialist Certificate. Contact Jacqueline Leskovec if you are interested: <Jacqueline-leskovec@uiowa.edu>
    • Positions on a state advisory group
    • Coordinator for the Region 6 office, telecommuting optional from the Region.
  • The HSLI listserv is hosted by the region and will be transitioning.  Look for announcements from HSLI listserv moderator, Linda Feinberg, as that transition is completed. The new listserv address will be: <hsli@uiowa.edu>.  No action is needed by those already subscribed.

Illinois has the largest number of members as we transition to Region 6.  HSLI looks forward to working with Jacqueline in her role as Network Coordinator of Region 6 (continuing her roles in Membership, the Partner Outreach Program (renamed from Partner Outreach Libraries), and Emergency Preparedness, and others). We welcome Nora to the region. We also await further updates from the NNLM.

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