Libraries and Community Health: Prescribing Programs that Support Your Community's Needs

Wednesday, 9/19/2018
  • 1:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM (Pacific)

This webinar is designed to help librarians understand the role of public, academic, special or school libraries in advocating for and contributing to Community Health. While many libraries provide access to health information, targeted and refined programs can more effectively address communities' needs, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations. The presenter is a clinical librarian with extensive experience providing health information to vulnerable populations and partnering with public libraries and local organizations to enhance community health. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the role of libraries and library staff in community health
  • Describe the steps required to assess their communities' health needs
  • Identify stakeholders and partners in community health initiatives
  • Recognize opportunities and develop courses of action to enhance their communities' health

Who Should Attend

Public, academic, special or school library staffs who have a role or an interest in developing community-relevant programs that improve their community's health. 


Sarah Carnes is Clinical Librarian at the Bedford VA Medical Center in Bedford. MA. As a Veteran herself, Sarah is honored to provide health information services to both Veterans and the clinical and research staffs. These services include consumer health information, staff training, literature searches, and support throughout the research cycle. 

Sarah regularly collaborates with community partners to increase awareness of the benefits and services available to Veterans as well as to augment the resources available through the VA.



Individual registrations rates are as follows:

ASGCLA members: $45

ALA members: $50

ALA student & retired members: $25

Non-members: $65


Group registration rates are as follow:

To qualify for the group rate, you must have a minimum of 2 people registering from the same library, library system or network.

$99 single login

$38/person for multiple logins (min 2 people)


How to Register

Register online


Download the webinar registration form

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connection. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, ASCLA Training & Events Coordinator, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!