August 2020 – Project Launch
February 2021 – Research presented as part of Midwestern Public Health Training Center’s Public Health and Public Libraries Toolkit. Watch the the presentation of “Pitching Public Health to Public Libraries: Finding Common Ground” presented with Scott Allen, Deputy Director of the Public Library Association, and listen to the podcast episode “Harnessing the Power of Public Libraries.”
March 2021 – Research presented at CHOICES: Celebrating Food, Health Equity, and Collaboration Conference. Download the presentation “Partner with your Public Library!”
Research presented at University of Illinois Mini-Talks on Libraries, Literatures, and Literacies. Access the video-recording of “Closing the Gap: Public Health and Public Libraries.”
April 2021 – Research presented at Active Living Conference. Download the presentation “Public Libraries as Partners for Collective Impact.”
Research presented at North Carolina Recreation and Park Association’s The Works Conference. Download the presentation “How and why to team up with your local librarian.”
June 2021 – Completion of research manuscript “Public librarians as part of the HEAL Environment: How do partners perceive them?” currently being finalized for peer review
Research presented at Nature, Culture, and Human Health (NCH2) Network. Download the presentation “Libraries as Gateways to the Outdoors.”
Research presented at National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health Regional Partnership Meetings: Southwest and Midwest Regions. Download the presentation “Closing the Gap: Public Health and Public Libraries.” Watch the presentation here.
Research presented at Walk/Bike/Places 2021 Conference. Download the presentation “Inclusive, informed, impactful: Public libraries as partners on the route to recovery.”
July 2021 – Completion of 135 interviews with 75 public library workers and 60 public library partners on their experiences working together
September 2021 – Research presented at National Institutes’ of Health Virtual Summit on Food Insecurity, Neighborhood Food Environment, and Nutrition Health Disparities: State of the Science, with Nicole Peritore, Augusta University.
Research presented in CDC’s Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) Research Series. Download slides.
Researched presented as part of panel discussion of “Supporting Healthy Minds and Bodies: Strategies for Building Resilience” at ALISE Conference.
October 2021 – Research presented at Association for Rural and Small Libraries in half-day workshop on how to “Team Up with Your Community”
Research on how to partner with Recreation and Park Agencies presented at the conferences of both the North Carolina Library Association and the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association.
Fall 2021 – Research presented at New Librarianship Symposia.
November 2021 – Invited keynote presentation at Umatilla County (Oregon) Special Library District on topic of “Making a Difference in the Community’s Health” Download presentation.
February 2022 – Research published in the Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement
March 2022 – Research presented at the Society for Public Health Education Virtual Conference
March 2022 – Research presented at League of American Bicyclists Annual Summit. Watch presentation.
August 2022 – Community conversation convened by Nebraska Library Commission.
February 2023 – Invited participant in EDGE Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.
April 2023 – Cultivating the Relationship Driven Library Event online event and toolkit launch.
July 2023 – Funded part of project ends, but the work continues!