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The ALISE 2016 Conference theme of “Radical Change: Inclusion and Innovation” celebrates the far reaching impact of Eliza T. Dresang’s work. The conference welcomes contributions that explore inclusive practices and innovative strategies in teaching and research, with special interest for Cultural Diversity, Digital Societies, Intellectual Freedom, Social Justice and International Resources.

Our logo for the conference is the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. This is a great symbol of radical change and transformation. Although the caterpillar and the butterfly exist in the same environment, each has its own perception and understanding of the world. As the caterpillar prepares for transformation, it must build the chrysalis, which acts as protection and change agent. When the radical change is completed, the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis into a new world, one of amazing potential and opportunity. The radical transformation and change allows the caterpillar to move beyond its small environment as a beautiful butterfly excited and ready to see and learn about its brave new world. 

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Thursday, January 7 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session 6.2 A Juried Paper: Rural Public Libraries as Community Change Agents: Opportunities for health promotion

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Rural residents in the U.S. are at a disadvantage with regard to health status and access to health promotion activities. In many rural communities, public libraries offer support to residents through health information provision. There are also opportunities for rural public libraries to engage in broader community health efforts. This paper reports on a collaborative effort between researchers and one rural public library in North Carolina to introduce, assess and evaluate a variety of health promotion activities including pedometer lending, and an individual health self-assessment program.


Mary Grace Flaherty

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, United States of America

Thursday January 7, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Beacon Hill (4th Floor)

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