Major Outreach Award 2009-2011: Promoting Web Access to Health Information throughout San Diego
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine's (PCOM) Library proposes a collaborative project to extend and promote access to the NLM /NIH online health information resources throughout San Diego to consumers and health professionals with easy-to-use Web informatics technologies. The PCOM Library has partnered with an eight-member team of San Diego public libraries, church-based organizations, a community center, and community clinics to substantially expand its instructional program and offer a variety of new teaching alternatives that include hands-on, electronic tutorials, live web-based sessions and DVDs customized for specific target groups. The goal is to significantly extend the PCOM Library's community outreach services by working with more institutions to reach a broader base of users, and combine training expertise with cutting edge technology to offer new instructional options on how to search MedlinePlus, PubMed, ClinicalTrials, and other NLM systems. The Library will improve and expand the depth of existing website and digital resources searchable at multiple levels. The evaluation will measure project outcomes, value added services to improve information access, Web instructional approaches, and promotion of NLM resources. To be responsive to the next decade's upcoming Healthy People 2020 digital technology plans, the library is pursuing use of informatics, web technologies, and user-friendly interfaces for improved searching by all levels of users. This proposed project is essential because it builds on achievements from prior projects and can assure continuity of the library?s community outreach services. There is a cumulative effect which allows the original investment of time and energy to grow exponentially. This project adds additional venues and enables us to introduce new NLM technology tools and resources to community participants.