July 26, 2016

Case Study: “Evolution of an Academic–Public Library Partnership”

The following case study was published in the new issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Title

Evolution of an Academic–Public Library Partnership

Authors
Robert J. Engeszer, MLS, AHIP
Washington University School of Medicine

William Olmstadt, MSLS, MPH, AHIP
Washington University School of Medicine

Jan Daley, MLS, CHIS
Saint Louis Public Library

Monique Norfolk, MPH
Washington University School of Medicine

Kara Krekeler, MLS
Saint Louis Public Library

Monica Rogers, MLIS, CHIS
Washington University School of Medicine

Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, FAFPHM
Washington University School of Medicine

Victoria V. Anwuri, MPH
Washington University School of Medicine

Scott Morris, MLS
Saint Louis Public Library

Mychal Voorhees, MA
Washington University School of Medicine

Brenda McDonald, MA, MLS
Saint Louis Public Library

Jackie Bernstein, MPH
Washington University School of Medicine

Paul Schoening, MS, MB
Washington University School of Medicine

Lee Williams, BA
Saint Louis Public Library

Source

Journal of the Medical Library Association
2016 Jan; 104(1): 62–66

Abstract

A partnership to improve access to health information via an urban public library system was established in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2011. A multiyear project was outlined that included an information needs assessment, a training class for public library staff, information kiosks at library branches for delivering printed consumer health materials, and a series of health-related programming. The partnership evolved to include social service and community organizations to carry out project goals and establish a sustainable program that met the health and wellness interests of the community.

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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