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Hardin’s Consumer Health LibGuide in the Limelight

By Chris Childs
Education & Outreach Librarian
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa

After getting past the initial shock that the National Library of Medicine was terminating Go Local and that Iowa Go Local would be gone within a few months, I saw this as a great opportunity to bring the Hardin Library’s consumer health LibGuide out into the limelight. For the past two years, the LibGuide always seemed to be in Iowa GoLocal’s shadow, and I sought to bring it to a place of prominence.

I started by completely redesigning the consumer health LibGuide (http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/consumerhealth) to match some other LibGuides that I had created for another outreach project (Look for a submission on that very soon!) and then met with Kristi Bontrager-Robinson, the University of Iowa Libraries public relations guru. After some discussion on the purpose of the display and the nature of the conferences/events that were I would be exhibiting, we came up with this Hardin Consumer Health Display.

I also felt that I was very important that there be a bookmark with the a brief description of the LibGuide and its URL to use as promotional items. We came up with a two sided bookmark that can be printed on regular 8.5 X11 paper, 5 bookmarks at a time. I then added a link to the bookmark on the LibGuide, so that anyone can print them out.

I exhibited this display for the first time at the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health in April and plan on exhibiting at four more events in the late summer/fall. I also sent a link to the LibGuide to the listserv used by all of the public libraries in the state of Iowa. I encouraged them to link this guide to their website and use it as a reference tool and to distribute the bookmarks to their staff and patrons.

Good bye, Iowa Go Local. Hello to new life for Hardin’s Consumer Health LibGuide.

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