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During the months of July-September, we conducted a field test at eight public libraries to:

  • Collect feedback from library staff on a beta version of the web site and some of the materials for the toolkit;
  • Collect tracking data on use of the Diabetes booklet by the targeted audience;
  • Document how these public libraries cooperate with other community based organizations (CBOs) to publicize and hold an outreach event at the library which will highlight the role of public libraries in providing health information to minorities, and the importance of medical research;
  • Document ideas and activities from librarians that might be used in a Healthy People Library Week during the dissemination phase of the project;
  • Interview library staff and others about the outreach event and to collect further data.

Based on the field testing, we have developed a final report, a series of case studies aimed at public librarians. Lessons learned from the case studies have been presented in a readable, descriptive narrative of how each public library worked with its partner organizations to promote the materials, and include activities that might be used in a Healthy People Library promotion.

The eight libraries involved in the field tests were: Anne Arundel County Public Library (MD), Arlington County Public Library (VA), Central Rappahannock Regional Library (VA), Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (NV), New Orleans Public Library (LA), Rapid City Public Library (SD), San Francisco Public Library (CA), and Wheaton Public Library (MD).


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