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Sunday, May 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poster Session 1: Poster Board Number 5

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Poster Board Number: 5
Title: Rethinking Delivery of Consumer Health Information: Health Info To Go! A Collaborative Project
Objective: Health Info To Go! is a joint project by the university library and the public library. Its purpose is to create more confident, knowledgeable online searchers. Community members learn to effectively find and search online health information and to discover local health organizations. As a result of their increased knowledge, users stay informed of current research in their topics of interest.
Methods: We developed and currently maintain a website, complete with a variety of quality health information resources, online learning tutorials, and our signature logo. We conduct computer classes in the public library’s computer classroom, familiarizing patrons with the resources available from our website. With funds from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), Technology Improvement Award, we purchased equipment to develop a mobile reference system. Once summer began, we took our project on the road and provided a health information booth at the local farmer’s market.
Results: We currently conduct classes on accessing and evaluating online health resources, and post-class scores have shown continued improvement in our patron's knowledge of health information resources. While we manned our booth at the farmer’s market, people repeatedly told us that having the library at the farmer’s market is “such a great idea!” With our equipment, visitors were able to take online health assessments and walk away with their results.
Conclusions: Health Info to Go! is a highly technological project. More than once during our outings, we heard about how “high tech” the library has become. The equipment purchased with funds from this award is quite impressive. Not only is it wireless, it is easy to use and a snap to set up. The large, high definition monitor literally turns heads. Our equipment and knowledgeable staff not only make the library look progressive, they showcase our savvy and outgoing librarians.
Authors: Kim Granath, AHIP, Public Health Librarian, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT; Cara Cadena, Reference Librarian, Missoula Public Library, Missoula Public Library, Missoula, MT

Sunday May 15, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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