Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA

Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, Region 6

She/Her pronouns

Bobbi Newman is the Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist at Region 6 of Network of the National Library of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She helps libraries meet the health information needs of their communities.
She is the author of Fostering Wellness in the Workplace: A Guide for Libraries (ALA Editions), co-editor of Protecting Patron Privacy: a LITA Guide (Rowman and Littlefield), and author of the award-winning blog, Librarian by Day. She developed the popular NNLM course “Wellness in the Library Workplace.” Bobbi is a mindfulness student and health at every size (HAES) advocate.

Bobbi holds a Masters of Arts in Information Research and Library Science, a Masters of Arts in Political Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Management. She has received awards for her service and teaching.

Classes I Teach

Event Title Summary
CHIS On Demand 5 independent 1-hour learning modules cover the basics of providing consumer health information in libraries and organizations. Earn up to 5 hours credit towards a Consumer Health Information Specialization.
Fatness and libraries: Amplifying the voices of fat librarians in DEIA work Join us for a one-hour webinar with Meg Galasso as she delves into the important topics of weight discrimination, fat representation, and anti-fatness in the library profession. Drawing from comprehensive interviews with public-facing librarians across different library types, including public, school, academic, and special libraries, this webinar will provide valuable insights into the experiences and perspectives of these professionals. Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities surrounding these
From Contraception to Menopause: Identifying and Addressing Reproductive Health Misinformation Reliable information about reproductive health has never been more important. However, taboos, legal restrictions, and a dearth of women's health research have enabled misinformation to flourish, with dire implications for health outcomes. This talk will provide an overview of the prevalence, characteristics, and impacts of reproductive health misinformation.
NNLM Book Discussion, Aug 14 - Oct 31: The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O'Rourke Join us August 14 - October 31 to discussion "The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness" by Meghan O'Rourke
NNLM Book Discussion, Feb 1- April 30, 2023, Bad Advice Join us for our fourth NNLM Book Discussion. February 1 - April 30, 2023 we will read "Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information" by Paul A. Offit, M.D.
NNLM Book Discussion, May 2 - July 31, Doing Harm You are invited to join us for the first NNLM Book Discussion. From May 1 until July 31, join your fellow librarians and read Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery! 
NNLM National Virtual Health Misinformation Symposium This free virtual symposium will explore both the research behind health misinformation movements and provide practical and evidence-based solutions to support librarians, health educators, and direct care providers in combating the spread of all types of health misinformation.
Region 6 Public Libraries Connections June 2023 This meeting is for librarians and library workers that work in public libraries in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. 
Region 6: NNLM Day at MLA 2023 Meet the NNLM Region 6 during NNLM Day at MLA 2023!
Reproductive Health and the Reference Desk: How libraries can provide information in a post-Roe country This webinar will discuss reproductive health as an information access concern, introduce the Reproductive Justice framework, and offer ideas for how libraries can provide create environments that are supportive of sexual and reproductive health information.
Wellness in the Library Workplace (November 2022) Join us for this 2-week, 4 credit-hour online class to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace.

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