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Starting a Book Club at an Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus

Sunday, May 5
2:40 PM - 2:45 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : The purpose of this presentation is to describe the creation of a book club at an Interprofessional health sciences campus.

Description : A book club was created to foster interprofessional discussion between three health/medical schools situated on one campus. Through discussion of health/medical texts (both non-fiction and fiction), we hope to mimic an interprofessional approach to healthcare (the coordinated care of patients by a collaborative team of health care providers). The book club encourages participation from students, faculty, and staff representing all three schools. We utilized various channels (MailChimp email campaigns, social media, electronic signs, posters) to promote the event.

Conclusion : On November 12, 2018 our Library launched the book club with a discussion of "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and The Drug Company That Addicted America" by Beth Macy. Nine people attended this initial meeting and there was great conversation and positive feedback, although only one of the schools was represented. Since then, three book club discussions have taken place. As we continue, we hope to observe attendance from each of the three schools with representation from students, faculty and staff.


Allison Piazza, AHIP

Health Sciences Librarian
Seton Hall University
New York, New York

Allison Piazza, MLIS, AHIP, is a Health Sciences Librarian at Seton Hall University's Interprofessional Health Sciences Library. She holds a MLIS from Pratt Institute and a BA in Political Science and Religious Science from Fordham University.


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