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.