Global Health & Health Equity

Paper: Program Description Abstract

Creating HOPE: A Directory of Local Health Resources for Community Engagement

Monday, May 6
5:20 PM - 5:35 PM
Room: Columbus CD (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : The purpose of this paper is to describe the process of development and impact of a database designed to support the library’s community engagement work. Overall, this project provides an example of how medical libraries and librarians can exercise their role as information experts to impact access to quality health information.
Description : The Health Organization’s Program and Event (HOPE) Directory project is funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to help centralize access to reliable and authenticated local information about programs and events related to health. The purpose of creating this tool is to democratize access and improve public health. As a resource library for the NNLM, the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library is better able to fulfill its role to serve the population of Tarrant County and in later phases greater geographic areas. The process of development includes the generation of a custom metadata scheme, website development, focus group evaluation, collaboration with community partners to collect data, and marketing.
Conclusion : The HOPE Directory is on-going and complete results will be gathered at the projects end date in May 2019. The success of the project will be measured by the launch of the website and mobile app, increasing the number of resources added, and the number of visits to the site.

Lorraine Sheldon

Community Engagement Librarian
Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library, UNTHSC
Fort Worth, Texas

Lorraine Sheldon is the Community Engagement Librarian for the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library in Fort Worth, Texas. In her role, she focuses on connecting the community outside of the university with quality health resources and information. This includes creating digital health tools, participating in local health fairs, providing library tours, and facilitating health literacy programs for children and adults. Before joining Lewis Library, she started her career working at the Bahá’í World Center International Archives in Haifa, Israel as a photo archivist. After returning to the U.S., she worked for several years as a Regional Coordinator for the South Central Training Institute, a non-profit education system designed to build capacity in individuals to improve society. In all of her work, she strives to create impactful contributions that advance the populations she serves.

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Brandy Klug

Web Services Librarian
UNTHSC
Fort Worth, Texas

Brandy Klug is the Web Services Librarian at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and holds an MLS from Texas Woman’s University and an M.S.Ed. from University of Nebraska-Kearney.

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Tom Lyons

Technical Services/Metadata Librarian
UNTHSC
Fort Worth, Texas

Tom Lyons is Metadata and Technical Services Librarian for Gibson D. Lewis Library at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX. Tom's prior experience includes 11 years in customer service and marketing for Southwest Airlines.

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