February 16, 2018

Rosalind K. Lett | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Library Journal March 15, 2011: Rosalind Lett , Mover & Shaker

Healthier for Her

Passionate about helping people to expand their health literacy, Rosalind Lett realized that north Alabama was underserved when it came to access to understandable medical information.

Many people want to make better decisions about their health, but they lack the skills to locate information that would help guide their choices, says Lett, associate director of Public Services at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.

“I feel that health information is a great equalizer,” Lett says. “The more a person knows about their own health, the better they can participate in their health care and be a partner in maintaining good health.”

Americans from all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels experience low health literacy, Lett says. So she wrote a grant to the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine to bring health literacy skills to all 12 branches of her library.

Lett’s engaging style motivates the people she works with to try new approaches to solve problems, says Sandra Franklin, director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University in Atlanta.

“Ros is highly creative and innovative,” Franklin says. “She is an original thinker and sees alternative approaches to situations.”

Lett delivered interactive health forums each month at the library and partnered with a local hospital, colleges, and churches. She organized training for volunteers to become community advocates for health literacy. Lett says her new role at the public library allows her to blend 20 years of medical library experience with a new MBA.

“No matter what role I play,” Lett says, “I will always be advocating for the right to information access for all citizens and making sure that I can help facilitate seamless access to information.”


Rosalind K. Lett, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL

CURRENT POSITION Associate Director of Public Services

DEGREE MBA, Georgia State University, Atlanta, 2009; MS, Library & Information Studies, Atlanta University, 1983

FEELS STRONGLY ABOUT Health literacy, tennis, public speaking, and combating domestic violence and kidney disease