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National Medical Librarians Month 2010

The Medical Library Association has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month! In honor of this event, the National Library of Medicine and your Regional Medical Library are celebrating the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. The National Library of Medicine has published a new web page featuring the noteworthy work of medical librarians in the NN/LM regions. Congratulations to the four PSR librarians that were highlighted!

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Jane Barnwell from the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning in Honolulu, HI for “Health Information Outreach for Micronesians in Hawaii.”

This project involved building documentation and a directory of resources and research that can be used by health care workers and social service organizations to better assist Micronesians with their health information needs. PREL partnered with the University of Hawaii School of Public Health to research and develop documentation. The project utilized students at the School to conduct a literature review of existing health information materials that are designed for or are appropriate for use by the Micronesian target population. This was followed by dissemination of resource directories to identified health clinics, service providers and other organizations that serve Micronesians. The resource directory is available through links on the PREL and Hawaii Public Health Association web sites. The final report can be downloaded from the PREL website (PDF).

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Jacqueline Davis from the Sharp Healthcare Community Health Library in San Diego, CA for “Taking It to the Streets: Sharp Community Health Library Attendance at Health Fairs.”

In this project, Sharp Community Health Library staff exhibited at a series of consumer health fairs in San Diego County to disseminate health information and encourage attendees to access health information, particularly MedlinePlus. Having a presence at health and community fairs allowed the Community Health Library to educate people about available resources in a variety of formats, and encourage use of the personal service offered by the library through email, phone calls, and in person. Booth visitors represented a wide variety of ages, languages, literacy abilities and health concerns. The project also provided opportunities for networking with community based organizations to advertise the library’s availability for presentations on consumer health resources.

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Darlene Parker-Kelly from the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Health Sciences Library in Los Angeles, CA and Cathy Brown from the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library in Los Angeles, CA for “Reaching Out to Los Angeles: The Charles Drew University Health Sciences Library and the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library Share NLM Health Information with the Community.”

This project is providing opportunities for the Charles Drew University Health Sciences Library and the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library to jointly participate in various health fairs throughout Los Angeles County, reaching several hundred community members. The goal of the project is to promote NLM resources to a diverse and broad constituency in a major metropolitan area. The project coordinators are submitting narrative reports to NN/LM PSR providing updates on user feedback, and informing the National Library of Medicine of ongoing trends and issues affecting the diverse population of Los Angeles. Partner organizations include a large church group and two local chambers of commerce.

Kudos to everyone for a job well done!

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