When: Wednesday, Jan 30 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Location: MTCC 206C

Days: Wednesday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Health Libraries and Public Libraries. Subjects: Health, Literacy, and Partnerships.


What do children’s librarians and doctors have in common? Both know the health benefits of reading at home and want to share that message with families… but we can’t do it on our own! To meet our mutual goal of positioning reading as part of healthy child development, libraries and health practitioners need to abandon the culture of “doing it on our own.” Library-health collaborations can help staff overcome many of the organizational challenges that exist in each sphere, including limited time, space and resources, and can help us meet our shared goals around parent literacy support. This session will explore how library-health partnerships enhance the goals and values of organizations in both spheres and will look at the recent collaboration between Vancouver Public Library and the BC Children’’s Hospital Resident Continuity Clinic as an example of success.