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Planning and Assessment Award - Recipients

2006-2011 Contract

The Planning and Assessment Award was added for Year Four of the current contract.

Year Four - May 2009 to April 2010


No Planning and Assessment Awards were funded during Year Four.

Year Five - May 2010 to April 2011


Recipient: South Dakota State Library
Project Director: Stacia McGourty
Title: Health Reference is South Dakota's Public Libraries: Assessment and Evaluation
Amount: $2,500
Start/End Date: October 2010 - April 2011
Phone: 605-773-6391

Our application for this award is motivated by the following assumptions:

  • Public librarians commonly receive health related reference requests.
  • Public librarians are not effectively using State and NLM health resources to their fullest potential.

This award would give us the means to assess the state of health reference in South Dakota. With your assistance we would be able to:

  • Estimate the frequency of health information requests in the public library.
  • Identify the most commonly sought types of health information by public librarians.
  • Identify the public librarians most commonly used health information resources.
  • Identify the gaps in health information access by public librarians.

Once we have completed those tasks, we will be able to design targeted professional development.


Recipient: Oliver Ocasek Regional Information Center, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine & Pharmacy
Project Director: Beth Layton
Title: Assessing Mental Health Information Needs of Clergy of Portage County
Amount: $2,500
Start/End Date: October 2010 - April 2011
Phone: 330-325-6611

The mission of the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center is to promote recovery and improve the lives of as many individuals with schizophrenia as quickly as possible by accelerating the use and dissemination of effective treatments and best practices. BeST staff has met with over 50 mental health partners from Northeast Ohio to engage and educate them about not only schizophrenia-spectrum disorders but also various best practices. The literature clearly documents the clergy's lack of knowledge in the area of mental health; however, BeST Center staff has had limited success in engaging clergy, who are often the gatekeepers for the mental health community. In order to better design educational interventions, OORMIC and the BeST Center will assess the mental health information needs of clergy in Portage County. This assessment will consist of gathering information about clergy—number of congregations, denominations, etc., and administering a survey to a subset of clergy in Portage. The survey will also attempt to determine the information gap(s), the barriers to informing or educating the clergy, the use of technology by clergy, and the format of information and education that would be most useful for this group.

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