Community Health Connections Application

Thank you for your interest in the CHC Webinar series! TLCART cohort members or staff from TLCART-affiliated libraries, please respond to these questions by Wednesday, September 15th. At that point, we'll invite non-TLCART library staff to apply.

The Community Health Connections team is part of the Texas Woman's University School of Library & Information Studies (TWU SLIS). We're all librarians, or we are studying to be librarians, or we're library educators. We know that what you do in rural public libraries is vitally important to those you serve, especially now. 

My name is Carol Perryman, and I teach consumer health information and other courses at TWU. I used to be a hospital librarian, and worked in public libraries as well. I will be teaching about consumer health resources and services in the webinar, along with SLIS students Matt Cross and Sandra Desjardins.

Working with me to create and present the series is TWU SLIS Director and Past President of TLA, Dr. Ling hwey Jeng. She'll lead off the first session focusing on Community Connections

Kerol Harrod is an instructor at TWU and a former librarian at the Denton Public Library together with SLIS student Ericca Long and former Denton Public Library head of marketing Sarah Fullwood (currently working as head of marketing for Denton). Kerol will be focusing on marketing to your community about consumer health services available at your library.

Dianne Connery is Director of the Pottsboro Area Public Library. She leads efforts in telehealth, and was recognized this year as a Library Journal mover and shaker, due to her work on digital equity and digital literacy in rural libraries. 

Gwin Grimes is the Director, Jeff Davis County Library and is the cofounder of the Mobile Comunidad (see this story in the Big Bend Sentinel, as well!). 

Noah Lenstra is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina at Greensboro Library School, and has made a name for himself as founder of Let's Move in Libraries, an international initiative. Dr. Lenstra contributes columns to Public Libraries Online about how to increase physical activity through libraries

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of our Transforming Libraries into Community Anchors in Rural Texas (TLCART) project

Your full name

Your email address

Library name and address, including zip code

County name

Thirty applicants will be invited to participate in the first series of webinars.There is no required education level to participate. In assessing applicants, a weighted rubric will assign extra points to minoritized individuals and to those who speak Spanish. While it may not be possible to mirror the ethnic and racial makeup of the communities represented, we will make efforts to do so. 

In order to participate in the webinar series, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are 18 years of age or more
  • You are employed at least part time at a small, rural public library in Texas
  • You are employed in a Texas State Library affiliated or accredited library
  • You are responsible for providing information services (reference) to members of the community in which the library is located
  • Your library is located in a rural community (defined as a community with a population under 25,000).
Based on the above criteria, do you qualify for participation in the Community Health Connections webinar series?

Accepted participants must agree to:

  • attend all 5 sessions;
  • review, read, and practice skills discussed;
  • collaborate with other participants to explore and discuss resources during sessions;
  • collaborate with other participants to create a topical guide for consumer health resources that can be shared with other library staff;
  • highlight health resources and consumer services on their library webpage at the conclusion of the program; 
  • create a marketing plan to promote health information resources and services; and
  • have your responses and work products retained by the Community Health Connections team in order to evaluate learning outcomes.
Do you agree to participate based on the requirements listed above?

Please answer the following questions about your library.  

7)Telehealth, sometimes also called 'telemedicine,' is the use of technology that enables video and audio connections on computers to meet with health professionals. It's used for wellness consultations as well as health checkups. Does your library support or offer the use of technology for the purpose of telehealth?

Continue ONLY when finished. You will be unable to return or change your answers.