MOU: Public Health Information Access Project, Washington State OY4
The Public Health Digital Library, a project of the Lamar Soutter Library (NN/LM New England Region, University of Massachusetts Medical School) aims to cost-effectively provide full-text resources to public health departments nationwide. Beginning in FY 2010, the Digital Library project recruited Public Health Departments in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Colorado, and Connecticut to host a customized Digital Library Page offering department staff desktop access to licensed resources made available through specialized pricing. This aspect of the Digital Library project is called the Public Health Information Access Project (PHIA). PHIA includes a training component with instructors drawn from NN/LM NER and the Lamar Soutter Library. NN/LM regional Resource Libraries agreed to provide public health workers with article delivery for those items not accessible through the Digital Library. The Expanded Public Health Information Access Project, known as PHIA-E, extends the geographic scope and duration of the initial Digital Library effort. Three additional states ? Kentucky, Arkansas and Wisconsin ? joined the project during the NN/LM contract Base Year and Option Year 1. During Option Year 2, Indiana, Maryland, Hawaii and Alaska began to participate. Library staff at the NN/LM regional Resource Libraries in these states assisted with the training and agreed to provide article delivery for those items not accessible through the Digital Library. In addition, resources were reviewed and some added when requested by the participating public health department workers. This agreement provides funds from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) for services of the Lamar Soutter Library and project consultant Karen Dahlen, to add Washington State Department of Health to the Digital Library project (PHIA-E) during Option Years 2, 3 and 4, ensuring access to the Digital Library for the duration.