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Libraries and Health




A new "SIG"  i.e. Special Interest Group  is underdevelopment  based at  The Faculty of Public Health  .


Please let me know if this SIG might be of interest to you.     Dr Malcolm Rigler



Some quotes re "Libraries and Health"


1. 'From a mental health perspective we have become increasingly aware of the very real fears our service users have around the uncertain future of libraries today. Many of our service users experience extreme and debilitating levels of social isolation and exclusion. In this context libraries become places of warmth, welcome, safety, access to information and support, and crucially gateways to much needed human interaction. For this reason Mersey Care has recently acquired a Carnegie Library in Liverpool that was destined for closure. In 2016 we will reopen this building as a centre for recovery and social inclusion, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for our service users and the wider community. A functioning library will remain at the heart of this innovation' Beatrice Fraenkel Chairman, Mersey Care NHS Trust

2. " Speaking as a Mersey Care Service User my educational Journey started as a child at Lodge Lane Library. Here I discovered Geology, Shakespeare, Classical Music, Polyhedric Systems, Poetry, Drama, Geography, Mathematics, Art and History. Lodge Lane Library laid the foundation for my two first class degrees in Architecture and a PhD. The Local Public Libraries need refreshing into the 21st Century and I fully support Mersey Care's new step pace in that direction." Dr Robert G MacDonald RIBA, Reader in Architecture LJMU

3. “I have been having some very interesting conversations with Dr Malcolm Rigler He and I believe that there is scope for greater partnership working between Public Librarians and Primary Health Care professionals”. Jacqueline Widdowson Library and Resource Centre Manager PMLG Chair

4."Public libraries and health have always gone together. I see many people who come into libraries with health issues and we are often the only ones that give them the information they need. In these difficult times, it makes sense for health services and public libraries to work together in order to bring down costs and to better serve the public". "Ian Anstice, Editor, Public Libraries News"

5. "It seems you have paved the way for a new area (of Public Policy) ... I am planning to recommend this new policy area to my manager" Vangelis Agrapidis , Researcher , Public Policy Exchange.

6. "I've read your correspondence with Public Policy Exchange and I think what you present is a great idea” Femi Biyibi, Policy Officer Faculty of Public Health