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Health and Wellness Programs in the Workplace: The Role of Medical Librarians in Displaying the Value of NLM Resources and Services
Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, Tennessee

Project/Program Dates: 2013 - 2013

To determine the most effective way to partner with employee benefits and occupational health personnel in the private or industrial sector in order to display the value of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and medical library services to industry employees who participate in employee wellness programs. Preston Medical Library developed a toolkit for medical libraries to use when reaching out to industry partners. PML researched and collected data on appropriate NIH and NLM resources for the selected industry partner. PML met with the wellness contacts to ascertain which resources and services would fit their needs. As part of the project PML staff developed: a series of newsletter pieces, biometric screening‐specific handouts, “Your Wellness Moment” video files, and a LibGuide. Librarians also participated in health fair events.

The evaluation included: 600 employees reached at two health fairs, 227 brochures distributed, and nine health information requests were generated from partner’s employees classified by 12 different MESH terms. Also, librarians held a structured interview with partner regarding satisfaction with resources and services and to inform the outreach toolkit.

The Wellness Outreach Toolkit for medical librarians is available at: http://preston.libguides.com/outreach.