WCM receives IMLS grant to pilot library careers curriculum

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Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) has recently been awarded a $122,416 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

In partnership with Mentoring in Medicine, the Samuel J. Wood Library will develop and pilot a medical librarian career pathway program for high school students. They will work with two pilot schools in Harlem and the Bronx to introduce students to potential careers in medical librarianship. The project will develop, deliver, and evaluate a five-module information science curriculum covering aspects of library science such as how to search for and identify credible health information on the internet, how to become literate in health terminology, how to recognize misinformation, how to cite credible information sources, and how to ask questions of health professionals that can lead to informed health decisions and healthier lifestyles. The curriculum will be revised and delivered in year two of the project based on year one evaluation feedback. The revised curriculum will be made freely available as an open educational resource. Further information about the project can be found at the IMLS website.

"As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services, and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities."

Questions about the project? Email libadmin@med.cornell.edu.

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