Promotion of the Consumer Health Library
A collection of responses to a CAPHIS Discussion List Query, October 2010; Reviewed April 2013
- Secure membership in institutional workgroups on health promotion, service excellence, patient education.
- Write articles on health and wellness topics; links to authoritative websites in employee newsletter.
- Offer to start a book club for employees and the community on health-related topics.
- For institutions with child care centers, offer to write a short article on a child or family-related book for their newsletter.
- Offer virtual services to patients and families through email or texting.
- Offer to teach classes in the community at senior centers, schools or public libraries on savvy searching for reliable health information on the Internet.
- Develop table tents for employee and patient lounges or cafeterias, highlighting the services of the library.
- Have flyers available on influenza or other health promotion topics with instructions to visit the library for more information.
- Offer to set up a table of models, books, brochures, pamphlets at your institutional or community health fair.
- Emphasize to leaders in your institution that health literacy is at the top of your radar screen and that medical librarians are the original search engines for resources on diverse populations, languages other than English, etc.
Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN, C
Patient and Health Education Library
- Mini health fairs in your hospital lobby or in a clinic
- Display books and brochures
- Invite folks back to your center for a free gift
- Free gifts track how successful your fair was; the gift can be as simple a
- Hospital floor rounds where you go to an individual patient care unit and promote your services to patients and families
- Partner with a clinic or physician to provide a particular set of materials. They will refer their patients to the library for those materials.
Kimberly Hume, RN
The Resource Center
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri
- Offer an ongoing used book sale (particularly using donated books)
- Draws staff and families into the library
- Advertise the sale in the front window with special displays for holidays
- Provides the library with extra income while marketing the library
Lyn Ingersoll, MLS
Children’s National Medical Center
- Bookmark with a list of recommended websites
- Monthly open houses based on national health observances
- Customized pens to give out at hospital wide events
- Invite local musicians, artists, etc. to perform at the center
- Writing articles about the library for the hospital newsletter
- Invite catering to demonstrate recipes from our cookbooks for staff and patients
- Podcast tour of the center
Director of Library Services
Eileen Beany Peterson
Neuro-Patient Resource Centre
Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
- Promotion of library through clinical staff
- Advise staff of new materials
- Get advice from staff on new materials for purchase
- Work with staff in creating patient education materials
- Be part of the team
- Participate in infection control efforts
- Attend clinical presentations
- Results in referrals from health care professionals
Offer a hands-on search session or basic health system overview lecture to English as a Second Language teachers as material for listening comprehension and to help their students with real-life issues.
Health Science Center Libraries
University of Florida
Amy Six-Means, MLIS
Hanesbrands Health Learning Center
Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Weekly health screenings for common, under diagnosed health concerns
- Presentations to internal, clinical groups
- Flyers included in mammogram letters
- Library window displays
Participate on closed circuit TV channel, KIDZONE TV, and announce a weekly parent coffee hour
Dana F. Wyles, BSN, MLS
Family Resource Center Library
The Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital
New York, New York