Outreach Project Award: Putting Professional Development into Practice
Outreach Project Award: This public outreach project aims to improve Illinois Emergency Medical Technicians? (EMTs) access to the National Library of Medicine?s biomedical information resources by providing training workshops to selected fire departments in four locations-Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana-Champaign, sites where the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of Health Sciences (LHS) also is located. The project will also strengthen the partnership between the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Library at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and UIC LHS in providing services to Illinois EMTs in fire departments. The proposed public outreach project will be built upon the 2002 GMR Professional Development Award project, which the IFSI Head Librarian received in October 2002 and completed in April 2003. Through the project, she enhanced her skills and knowledge about outreach and appropriate technology consistent with best practices in health sciences libraries, in particularly in UIC LHS. She was also able to develop and implement an action plan for EMTs in Illinois fire departments. This pilot project will produce measurable outcomes to meet the changing information needs of EMTs.