The goal of this project is to increase the number of public library staff with a Consumer Health Information Specialization CHIS certification and equip them to provide health information to their communities. The work of the CHIS trainer will increase the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Regions capacity to enroll students in online and in-person classes. In collaboration with NNLM MCR coordinators, the trainer will also help increase awareness of the value of the CHIS certification and connect students to resources to support their continued engagement with NNLM and funding and activities. Project scope Christian Minter will provide .25 FTE to activities to support CHIS certification of public library staff in the MidContinental Region. Lead a minimum of four in-person workshops in late summer/early fall 2019. Teach a minimum of four online classes offered between fall 2019 and spring 2020. Collaborate with NNLM MCR coordinators to create marketing messages to promote the benefits of CHIS certification. Collaborate with the Community Engagement Coordinator to develop a pilot Community of Practice for public library staff that become certified. Outcomes 75% of public library staff completing 12 credits will apply for their CHIS certificate. 50% of public library staff enrolled in CHIS classes will express interest in applying for funding for health programming. 50% of public library staff that receive their CHIS certificate will join the MCR Community of Practice.

Project Details

Organization Name

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Organization Type
Academic institution
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Project Lead

Christian Minter

Start Date
May 1, 2019
End Date
November 30, 2020
Funding Amount
Library or Information Professional