January 2023: Year-in-Review
As we begin a new year, the NNLM Reading Club would like to reflect on the past year. This January, we share highlights and even offer updates of past content by adding new, exciting resources to previous health-topic themes. We are open to feedback and are in the beginning stages of organizing a user feedback survey. One of our goals is to continually improve in order to better meet the needs of those who use our resources. The survey is forthcoming, but for now, please enjoy this year-in-review from the NNLM Reading Club in 2022!
For information on each of our three featured books, free downloadable book club discussion guides, customizable promotional materials and more, visit our health topic pages referenced with the book.
- “Her Hidden Genius: A Novel” by Marie Benedict is a powerful new novel that shines a light on a woman who sacrificed her life to discover the nature of our very DNA, a woman whose world-changing contributions were hidden by the men around her but whose relentless drive advanced our understanding of humankind (Amazon). From Human Genetics: “DNA & U”
- “Take My Hand,” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is inspired by true events that rocked the nation. It is a searing and compassionate novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible injustice done to her patients. Perkins-Valdez is also the New York Times bestselling author of “Wench” (Amazon). From Racism and Health: Diversity in Medicine
- “Canary in the Coal Mine: A Forgotten Rural Community, a Hidden Epidemic, and a Lone Doctor Battling for the Life, Health, and Soul of the People” by Dr. William Cooke tells the story of one doctor’s courageous fight to save a small town from a silent epidemic that threatened the community’s future―and exposed a national health crisis. When Dr. Will Cooke, an idealistic young physician just out of medical training, set up practice in the small rural community of Austin, Indiana, he had no idea that much of the town was being torn apart by poverty, addiction, and life-threatening illnesses. But he soon found himself at the crossroads of two unprecedented health-care disasters: a national opioid epidemic and the worst drug-fueled HIV outbreak ever seen in rural America. (Amazon). From Addiction & Recovery
Here are some 2022 Highlights from the NNLM Reading Club:
- Three new members joined our NNLM Reading Club team:
- April Wright, Region 1
- Kristi Torp, Region 5
- Bennie Finch, Region 7
- Region 5 completed The Diverse Voices in Health & Medicine Collections
- Completed the NNLM Reading Club Toolkit
- Different regions promoted the toolkit, including Region 2 in their Pulse community newsletter and in Southern Expressions newsletter, also serving the southeast
- Promoted the Toolkit at the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Conference
- Presented the Toolkit internally via a rollout presentation at the NNLM All-Hands Meeting in September 2022
- Collaborated with the NNLM Substance Use Disorder Working Group on addiction, the NNLM Black Maternal Health Week Task Force on Black maternal health, and the National All of Us program on caregiving by cross-promoting their downloadable curated resource handout.
Looking forward to the new year...
- A refreshed NNLM Reading Club website with enhanced search features
- New book titles and featured health topics for more health and wellness conversations
- A reading discussion group for librarians and library staff to earn CEs