Today, we kicked off a new program, “Libraries, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Healthiness: A Western New York Health Information Literacy Project”! WNYLRC recently received a $16,000 NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) for enhancing health information literacy skills among librarians in the region who, in turn, will utilize these skills in providing quality health information access services and outreach programs to the public in the six-county region of Western New York.
We are so excited for this program! Currently, we have 29 librarians participating. They represent 27 libraries across Western New York, including public, academic, school, and special libraries. Each librarian will complete free online courses that address different aspects of consumer health and health literacy. After completing enough courses, they will receive a certificate designating them as a Consumer Health Information Specializatist (CHIS) free of charge. This designation, from the Medical Library Association (MLA), demonstrates the librarian’s well-rounded knowledge pertaining to consumer health information.
While earning their CHIS certification, each librarian’s library will receive $350 of NNLM grant funds to design and implement programming specific to the health information needs of their community. The program goal is to improve health information literacy and access to different population groups in the region, from seniors to teens and children in both rural and urban areas where access to these kinds of resources may be a challenge.
Helping us kick off the program were Senator Rob Ortt (District 62), Assembly Member Sean Ryan (District 149), and Leah Halton-Pope, Senior Advisor to Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (District 141).Leah Halton-Pope (Senior Advisor to Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes), Senator Rob Ortt, and Assembly Member Sean Ryan
with WNYLRC staff and NNLM Grant recipients.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018-2019 RBDB Grant Program cycle! RBDB stands for the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program, which allows New York State to provide approximately $230,000/yr to fund projects that will benefit libraries across the state. The actual amount of funding is contingent upon the annual NYS budget.
Each fall, WNYLRC invites member libraries and library systems to submit grant applications for the RBDB Member Grant program. This year, we renamed our Member Grant program Access and Innovation Grants and we have also been hard at work streamlining the application process! Be on the lookout for the cycle’s opening which will be happening soon…
For the 2018-2019 grant cycle, WNYLRC was able to award over $60,000 in grant funds to six member projects. We visited each institution to award their checks and we are very excited about these projects. We wish to thank everyone who applied this year, and we hope you will apply again during the next cycle!Buffalo Broadcasters received $7,252 for their project, Digitization of WIVB-TV and WKBW-TV Archival News Films and Video Tapes. Burchfield Penney Art Center received $6,148 for their project, Increased Digital Access to the Challenger Community Newspaper. Nioga Library System’s branch library, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, received $6,225 for their project, Newspaper Microfilm Digitization Project – Medina Journal Register 1973-2014. Nioga Library System’s branch library, Niagara Falls Public Library, received $9,310 for their project, Niagara Falls City Directories, 1911-1923 Digitization Project. SUNY Buffalo State received $15,000 for their project, Buffalo Courier-Express Newspaper Microfilm to Digital Conversion. University at Buffalo received $16,200 for their project, Buffalo Evening News Reformatting Project.
The Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Carl Heastie is making his annual “state tour” this summer – since assuming the leadership role in state government, Heastie has made a point of touring different regions across the state, connecting with his colleagues. This summer his trip included stops in the districts of Patrick Burke, Monica Wallace and Karen McMahon.
McMahon’s office was able to plan his time with the Assembly Member to include a stop at the Williamsville Branch Library of the B&ECPL System with her. Roseann Butler-Smith, Manager of the Amherst Libraries, along with Maty Jean Jakubowski, B&ECPL Director, helped make the meeting a great success! Speaker Heastie even got one of the “green library bags” that went viral on Twitter just recently!
But he was also told by those attending about the importance of the libraries in New York’s communities, no matter where they are. Issues in which libraries play a vital role, including the 2020 Census and education were discussed. Also on hand were the Mayor of Williamsville, Deborah Rogers and the Amherst Town Supervisor, Brian Kulpa. Sheryl Knab, WNYLRC’s Executive Director, and several of the Amherst Libraries Board members were present as well.