iPad Technology: Targeted Evolution of Embedded Librarian Services
The University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library (UBHSL) provides reference and instructional services to support the research, curricular and clinical programs of the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Public Health and Health Professions as well as support for the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. The UBHSL will purchase seven iPads, two portable projectors and accompanying accessories to develop embedded research and promote educational services through the use of NLM products such as PubMed, MedlinePlus and other NCBI tools. The iPads will be used by the six library liaisons to provide point of care information in the clinical setting, embedded reference hours in academic and clinical departments, and off campus instruction. The seventh iPad will be used by the UBHSL information technology support personnel to provide technical information and support to the instructional team. By leveraging the portability and power of iPads in combination with the evidence based practice expertise of UBHSL liaisons, this project will allow the UBHSL to reach more students and faculty at the point of their educational need and provide them with instruction in quality information resources such as PubMed which will continue to meet their information needs upon graduation and continuation in their profession. Funding will allow us to effectively transform evidence based practice and information literacy education, and consequently meet our overarching goal --- to educate and produce a healthcare workforce equipped to discover, evaluate and synthesize health information.