Several OHSU librarians were recently awarded funding from the Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library for research and projects aimed at understanding and meeting the information needs of our campus and local communities. The Regional Medical Library (RML) is part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine program coordinated by the National Library of Medicine. The program’s mission is to improve the progress of medicine and public health by providing equal access to biomedical information to U.S. health professionals and improving the public’s access to health information. The OHSU Library has a strong partnership with the RML and we are very proud of the grants described below.
First Steps in Assessing Oregon Public Health Professional Information Needs This project is designed to evaluate Oregon’s public health professionals’ information needs and better understand the best mechanisms for providing outreach to this community. For more information contact Laura Zeigen, User Experience Librarian.
Assessing the Health Information Needs of Immigrants and Refugees in Oregon: Potential opportunities for library training
The awardees intend to work with community organizations, including the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR), and OHSU’s Global Health Center’s Interprofessional Community Health & Education Exchange (iCHEE), to determine if Oregon’s refugee and immigrant populations have health information needs that could be met through library training. The project will map unmet information needs to potential library education related to health literacy, the National Library of Medicine’s free resources, and other training that may be helpful to members of this population and the people who work with them. For more information contact Todd Hannon, Reference Librarian.
Investigating the Data and Information Practices of Research Scientists
This project will provide training and resources to research interns on information literacy, and biomedical informatics and tools. Additionally, instruction will be provided on basic data and information management skills. For more information contact Jackie Wirz, Biomedical Sciences Information Specialist.
Mobile Library Computer Replacement
This OHSU Library will purchase six laptops to provide hands-on training on the use of health information resources around the state of Oregon, replacing the outdated equipment currently used in our mobile computing laboratory. The awardees will conduct training sessions with OHSU affiliated students & health professionals to evaluate the effectiveness of using the mobile computing laboratory for instruction. For more information contact Andrew Hamilton, Reference Librarian.