· Outreach Project:Ville Ste. Marie
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Outreach Project: Ville Ste. Marie
Debbie Sibley, MEd, MLS, AHIP, Director, and Carolyn K. Bridgewater, MLIS, LMSW, AHIP, Reference Librarian, secured a National Network of Libraries/South Central Region (NNLM/SCR) Technology Improvement Project (TIP) award. The TIP awards are designed to meet the health information needs of "under connected" communities and increase access to health information services within the community.
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Libraries partnered with Ville Ste. Marie, which offers both independent and assisted living arrangements for seniors located in Jefferson Parish. The award facilitated the purchase of updated computers and adaptive equipment and computer devices for its staff and residents.
In addition, in the spring, LSUHSC - New Orleans Reference Librarians conducted a training session to Ville Ste. Marie staff highlighting the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) consumer health resources: MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Two customized training sessions for the residents are planned for the fall. The Toolkit for Trainers, a resource developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have been instrumental throughout the project to assist older adults in finding reliable, up to date online health information on their own.