EOA 2014-2015: Reaching Out to the Unreached- Building a Health Information Hub in Central Valley
In California?s Central Valley, the shortage of healthcare workers and resources needed to prepare health professionals are predominant. Future health professionals need to be equipped with appropriate skills and expertise in order to meet the great challenge of serving an ethnic and culturally diverse population. Centrally located in the in the southern San Joaquin Valley, the Walter W. Stiern Library in Cal State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is committed to provide quality resources and services to CSUB and her community partners. In 2013, CSUB Library and Bakersfield Adult School (BAS) started a ?pilot partnership? which allows Vocational Nursing students from BAS to use the CSUB library resources, including books, journal databases, and research assistance provided by the CSUB nursing librarian. This project seeks to establish an endorsed partnership between CSUB Library and health program in Bakersfield Adult School. The CSUB Library will develop a tailored training program for BAS students and provide the technology equipment for accessing health information from CSUB Library and the National Library of Medicine. A partnering site for training will be established in BAS.