A Triple-Header for MedlinePlus
Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Health Sciences Libraries
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
On the weekend of September 12-13th, 2009, the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) of the University of Michigan took part in three separate outreach events, sharing information on MedlinePlus at each one to different groups of visitors. The earliest event actually took place on Friday, September 11th at Sterling Heights, MI, and was sponsored by the Michigan Health Ministries Association. Against a backdrop of a number of exhibits at this activity, the HSL librarians presented 15 computer-based demonstrations of MedlinePlus and made contact with about 50 individuals.
On the evening of September 12th, other HSL librarians took shifts at a table at the Kerrytown 2nd annual Home Grown Festival, in Ann Arbor, MI, where they distributed pens (as long as they lasted) and flyers about MedlinePlus, NIH Senior Health, and ToxNet to some 135 visitors between the hours of 5 pm and 10 pm. The crowd was a big and happy one. Free samples of food and lots of information about healthy nutrition were available.
Sunday, September 13th, from 11 am until 5 pm, several of the HSL librarians staffed a booth at the 7th annual Kerrytown Bookfest, an event that HSL had participated in for the past three years. Again, passers-by were told about the value and virtue of MedlinePlus—its sources, its reliability and its ease of use. For this event, we made 145 contacts. Even though we ran out of material pretty quickly because of the crowd, we never ran out of positive things to tell our visitors about MedlinePlus, NIH Senior Health, and the other trustworthy NLM products.