I am Margot Malachowski. I have over 20 years experience working in libraries. One of the primary functions of a library is to support literacy. Across our nation, librarians are meeting the needs of their communities through innovative collections, services and instruction.

What do librarians do?

  • Help library patrons conduct research and find the information they need
  • Teach classes about information resources
  • Help patrons evaluate search results and reference materials
  • Organize library materials so they are easy to find, and maintain collections
  • Plan programs for different audiences, such as storytelling for young children
  • Develop and use databases of library materials
  • Research new books and materials by reading book reviews, publishers’ announcements, and catalogs
  • Choose new books, audio books, videos, and other materials for the library
  • Research and buy new computers and other equipment as needed for the library
  • Train and direct library technicians, assistants, other support staff, and volunteers
  • Prepare library budgets

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

My work focuses on health literacy. Today’s librarians are responding to shifting doctor-patient-caregiver responsibilities and dynamic health information technologies. We are building relevant print book and internet-based collections, facilitating community-based services and offering health literacy instruction.

health literacy = ability to read + understanding how the body works + understanding what causes disease

I am a librarian working in New England to promote free and equal access to quality biomedical information. Opinions expressed are mine not that of my employer.11217600_10204369178050041_8337376514041104818_o