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Library Collaborations and Community Partnerships

Enhancing Health and Quality of Life, 1st Edition

Edited by Vicki Hines-Martin, Fannie M. Cox, Henry R. Cunningham


256 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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Library Collaborations and Community Partnerships considers the value of library, professional and community partnerships in improving health and quality of life. Describing a variety of community-engaged collaborations, the book demonstrates how libraries utilize their resources to enhance people’s lives.

This book is unique in its illustration of key principles of collaboration, partner engagement, shared leadership, project development and outcomes measurement, as well as the challenges inherent in collaborations among diverse partners. Included in this book are exemplars of collaborations focused on education, health, information literacy and capacity building for communities that experience disparities in access and resources. This unique publication highlights the innovative use of existing assets by libraries, communities and diverse professions to broaden access to resources, programs and information to those in need in a variety of settings and circumstances. The strategies, challenges, outcomes and lessons learned that are described in the volume have application for a variety of settings and populations.

Highlighting the key role that libraries play in guiding successful interprofessional collaborations with communities, Library Collaborations and Community Partnerships should be of interest to academics and postgraduate students engaged in the study of library and information science, education, health, nursing and social work. It should also be essential reading for librarians, healthcare professionals and community and professional organizations.

Table of Contents

Section 1 – Theoretical Foundations

1. Introduction

Vicki Hines-Martin

2. Unrecognized Roles of Libraries in Collaborations to Improve Communities History

Fannie M. Cox

3. Interprofessional Practice and Collaboration

Vicki Hines-Martin

4. Communities and Community Engagement

Henry R. Cunningham

Section 2 – Project Exemplars

5. Information Literacy

a. Introduction

Fannie M. Cox

b. Building Wellness Partnerships in Graduate Library and Information Science (LIS) Education

Loriene Roy, Yan Zhang, and Nora Rose

c. Information Literacy and the Undergraduate Curriculum: Engaging Faculty and Enhancing Student Learning

Hugh Burkhart

d. Fiscal Fitness Through Financial Literacy

Rosalind K. Lett

e. Expanding Health Information Outreach through Academic Health Science Partners

Elizabeth Kiscaden and Jacqueline Leskovec

6. Education

a. Introduction: Libraries Addressing the Educational Needs of the Community

Henry R. Cunningham

b. Information Literacy through Service-Learning

Michael F. Russo

c. Engaged, Educated and Entertained: Employing a Facilitated Discussion Model

Marilyn Harhai

d. The Carver Cubs Summer Book Club: A Reciprocal Collaboration Between a Neighborhood Library and a Graduate Elementary Teacher Preparation Program

Estanislado S. Barrera IV, Kim Skinner, and Brandon Reilly

e. The Monthly Health Talk: How a consumer health library became a hub for a successful health education event through partnerships and community engagement

Rita Kang, Phyllis Mancini, Valeria Raivich, and Miu Lin Wong

7. Health and Behavior

a. Introduction

Vicki Hines-Martin

b. Dog in Residence: An Interprofessional Wellness Program at an Academic Health Sciences Library

Gail Y. Hendler and Julia Harvey

c. Free Food at the Library: Becoming a Point of Access for Vulnerable Families

Elizabeth Lynch and Kelly MacGregor

d. Healthy Start, Healthy Future for All: Building a Community Coalition to Early Childhood Health

Ophelia T. Morey, Mary K. Comtois, Christy Panagakis

e. Team Vittles: A Made from Scratch Approach to Tackling Childhood Hunger in Ohio

Shane Hoffman, Janet Ingraham-Dwyer, JoLynn Wheatley, Sarah Schaff

f. The Ask: Partnering to Connect At-Risk Teens with Sexual Health Resources

Elizabeth Lynch and Rebecca McFarland

g. Physical Activity and Libraries: How Library-Recreation Partnerships Contribute to Active Living

Noah Lenstra

8: Capacity Building

Building Community Capacity through Partnerships and Collaborations

Henry R. Cunningham

a. Hoop City Blooms: Mason Square Community Garden and Public Health Initiative

Caitlin Kelley and Ellen Sulzycki

b. Making Agency Funding Work for Your Community

Talicia Tarver, Montie’ Dobbins, William Olmstadt, David Duggar, and Julia M. Esparza

c. Patient Empowerment: A Partnership between Academia, Community-Based

Organizations, and Public Libraries

Kara Burke, Elizabeth Irish, Enid Geyer, Ingrid Allard, Linda Miller, Maria Buhl,

and Lauren Manning

d. Transformative Global Health Education and Community Empowerment

Moira Rogers, Robin Young, Cecilia Uribe, and Wilfrido Torres

Section 3 – Perspective, Challenges, and Future Directions

9. Vicki Hines-Martin, Henry R. Cunningham, and Fannie M. Cox

About the Editors

Vicki Hines-Martin PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and Acting Assistant Dean, Office of Community Engagement and Diversity Inclusion at the University of Louisville, School of Nursing, Louisville Kentucky, USA. Her work has focused on minority health, health disparities, community engagement and culturally sensitive intervention approaches in interprofessional programs and research initiatives. Dr. Hines-Martin is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and President of the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (2019-20). She has over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Most recently she co-authored and edited – Yearwood, E. & Hines-Martin, V.P. Eds (2016). Routledge handbook of global mental health nursing: Evidence, practice and empowerment. New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis Group.

Fannie M. Cox, MLS, MPA, is Outreach and Reference Librarian, and Associate Professor, University of Louisville Libraries in Louisville Kentucky USA. In addition, Ms. Cox serves as the faculty liaison for the University’s community engagement Signature Partnership Initiative and a liaison and Collection Development Specialist to the College of Education and Human Development, School of Urban and Public Affairs, and Multicultural Children’s collection at the University of Louisville. Ms. Cox earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Library Science from Indiana University, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Kentucky State University.

Henry R. Cunningham, PhD is the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky USA. He oversees all aspect of community engagement including policy, protocol, faculty development, and data collection and assessment. He also teaches a community-based learning course focusing on the Caribbean region. Dr. Cunningham has extensive background in international development and community engagement. He has conducted developmental work in several countries, and co-founded and co-directed the University of Louisville International Service Learning Program in addition to serving at the United Nations. He has published journal articles and book chapters on the topic of community engagement.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General