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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 76

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Poster Board Number: 76
Title: Meeting the Information Needs of Mental Health Professionals Who Care for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Objective: To present and describe the process of developing, creating, promoting, and maintaining information resources and services for a diverse network of mental health professionals who care for children who are displaying psychological and behavioral symptoms as a result of experiencing trauma.
Setting: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) endeavors to advance effective interventions and services to address the impact of traumatic stress on children. The network, comprising over 63 academic and community centers from across the United States, serves as a national resource for developing and disseminating evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education.
Methods: Librarians at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, which promotes and maintains the network structure, faced the challenge of developing, promoting, and maintaining information services and resources to support practitioners located in centers scattered across the United States. This poster highlights the services and resources librarians designed and now use to respond to the diverse information needs of network members. Specific services and resources presented will be information services, topic alerts, literature on demand, knowledge bank, military family knowledge bank, and web-based resources.
Conclusions: An analysis of usage statistics shows network members and the general public use and value the services provided by the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress librarians. In addition, a survey completed in 2009 indicates the information services librarians provide services that fulfill network members’ information needs. Statistics reveal little utilization of literature on demand service. Librarians are considering the best ways to encourage network members to use this service. The number of resources in the knowledge bank and military family knowledge bank has been increasing steadily, and librarians continue to work with network members to update information on NCTSN website. In conclusion, librarians learned it is important to provide easy access to information resources via the Internet. Network members, both through statistical data and anecdotes, agree the services provided are easy to access and provide the necessary information.
Authors: Cathryn W. Chiesa, Resource Librarian, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Duke University, Durham, NC; Cybele M. Merrick, Education Specialist, National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Dartmouth University, White River Junction, NH

Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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