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Med Ref Serv Q. 2014;33(4):391-407. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2014.957077.

Assessing the health information needs of unaffiliated health professionals and using training on openly available search tools and resources to provide solutions to their information access challenges and barriers.

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a Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library, Columbia University Medical Center , New York , New York , USA.


This article will describe a year-long (2010-11) joint project between Columbia University Medical Center's Health Sciences Library and the Institute for Family Health (IFH), a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serving disadvantaged populations in New York State. This National Institutes of Health-funded pilot project aimed to (a) determine the medical literature and training needs of IFH personnel, (b) develop generic licensing agreements with publishers that would enable a health sciences library to provide access to electronic resources for FQHC personnel, and (c) develop reference/education services for IFH personnel. How the reference and education aims were met will be described and discussed here as the lessons learned from this project may be useful to librarians considering doing instructional outreach to unaffiliated health professionals working at FQHCs nationwide.


Barriers to access; FQHC; Federally Qualified Health Centers; free resources; health information needs; library training; open access resources; unaffiliated health professionals

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