National Medical Librarians MonthMedical Librarians: Your Partners to Advance Health Equity
National Medical Librarians Month is celebrated each year during the month of October. This year’s theme from the Medical Library Association is “Medical Librarians: Your Partners to Advance Health Equity.” MCW Libraries staff is proud of our work to connect our library users to authoritative, timely information. Here are some examples of what we do for the MCW community.
- Research Resources: MCW Libraries prides itself on providing access to high-quality research resources regardless of where you may be working. We were able to keep the access status-quo during the move to remote work.
- Data Management: This year we started offering an Introduction to Research Data Management as a regularly recurring library class. Components of this class are taught by librarians in research-related programs for medical students and residents and you can view more information on our RDM LibGuide.
- Health Literacy: MCW Libraries has partnered with Children’s Wisconsin Health Literacy Task Force to celebrate Health Literacy Month and to provide access to health literacy resources in our new Health Literacy LibGuide.
- Community Connections: As one of two partner outreach libraries in Wisconsin for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), we offer educational sessions to local groups on how to use PubMed and how to find trustworthy consumer health information.
- Health Education: Librarians work with students in every education program offered by MCW to provide instruction on searching and accessing information and finding good evidence.
- Advocacy & Policy: During the COVID19 pandemic, librarians answered the request for high-quality, authoritative information by performing literature searches related to the current and past pandemics to help MCW Leadership make decisions for our community and beyond.