Public Libraries & Public Health

The September 2020 edition of the Delaware Journal of Public Health (a publication of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association) was devoted to public libraries.

Excerpt: “Public libraries are free and accessible to all and are centers of community engagement and education, making them logical choices as partners for improving population health.  Library staff members routinely assist patrons with unmet health and social needs.  Special guest editor, Annie Norman, State Librarian of Delaware curated this issue which we hope you will learn from and enjoy“. (; 10/7/20)


Article 1. In this issue: Public Libraries / Public Health
Omar Khan, MD, MHS and Timothy E. Gibbs, MPH

Article 2. Introduction from the Guest Editor
Annie Norman, Ed.D., State Librarian of Delaware

Article 3. Libraries play key role in transforming and keeping Delaware connected
The Honorable Bethany Hall-Long, Ph.D., R.N.C., F.A.A.N.

Article 4. A culture of commitment to Delaware’s children
Tracey Quillen Carney, B.A., Delaware’s First Lady

Article 5. Libraries and Pediatricians team up to improve literacy and health for Delaware’s children
Jennifer Noonan, M.L.I.S., and Stacey Garfield Fox, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Article 6. Delaware public libraries in the forefront of health initiatives
Mary Grace Flaherty, Ph.D., M.L.S., M.S.

Article 7. Delaware Department of Health and Social Services library profile
Anne Hiller Clark, M.S., L.I.S.

Article 8. Community partner support unit introduction
Natalie Christopher

Article 9. Libraries as public health partners in times of crisis
Pat Young

Article 10. Key strategic partnerships create greater impact and build more resilient communities
Peggy Geisler

Article 11. Mapping Delawarean’s basic needs: Asset mapping shows need and opportunity for streamlined service provision
Leann Moore, Dabney Brice, and Kelly Sherretz

Article 12. Unite Delaware: Seamless connections to address social determinants of health
Erin Booker, L.P.C. and Katie Coombes

Article 13. Closing the gap: Public libraries and public health
Noah Lenstra, Ph.D., M.L.I.S., and Mary Grace Flaherty, Ph.D., M.L.S., M.S.

Article 14. Developing a model policy for public libraries to address homelessness & mental illness
Mariekie Barone, Stacie Fifelski, Alexandra Stocker, Thomas Worm, Ashley Patterson, Jessica Braamse, and Robert S. Lathers, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.

Article 15. Partnerships for health: NNLM MAR and Delaware partners make a lasting impact
Kate Flewelling, M.L.I.S., Erin Seger, M.P.H., and Tess Wilson, M.F.A., M.L.I.S.

Article 16. How data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services describe ways public libraries provide health and wellness information services
Lisa M. Frehill, Ph.D., M.A., B.S.