Consumer health librarianship is a core service area in Becker Library’s Research, Publishing and Communication division, which provides a wide variety of customized programs, services, and expertise to assist faculty, investigators, and students in navigating a complex and ever-changing research publishing and biomedical communication landscape.
Becker Library continued its longstanding partnership with St. Louis Children’s Hospital in providing consumer health librarian services to the Center for Families (CFF) Resource Library. Working alongside Children’s Hospital nursing professionals, the consumer health librarian provided health information services, prepared and delivered education materials to patients and their families, and represented Becker Library and the Center for Families in community outreach events.
SERVING THE COMMUNITY AS A TRUSTED INFORMATION RESOURCE
Outreach to the campus and local community continued to be a core component of the consumer health librarian’s duties. The past year reflected the diversity and scope of both topics and audiences:
- Distributed LGBTQ resources and information for families at the BJC Diversity Fair.
- Distributed resources for families at the Professional Latino Action Network.
- Represented Center for Families at the Sickle Cell Back to School Bash, Parents as Teachers International Conference in St. Louis, Health Happening events on Danforth and medical campuses, and Special School District agency collaboration meetings.
- Collaborated with Washington University Pediatric Neurosurgery to facilitate the Chiari Syringomyelia Conference.
FEUERSTEIN HEALTH AND WELLNESS INFORMATION CENTER
An ongoing major initiative in the library’s support for health communication is the Irwin M. and Laura J. Feuerstein Health & Wellness Information Center, which entered its second year as a campus resource for the Washington University community.
The center provides access to printed and electronic health information and promotes programs and campus events on wellness and healthy living to benefit our staff, students and faculty.
Even with pandemic-related campus closures, the center’s collection still recorded steady usage.
Outreach continues in collaboration with the WashU Wellness Connection program, including presenting to the university’s “Wellness Champions” to promote the center as a campus resource.
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