Activity 2: Library Services
The University Library is an integral part of CDU educational programs, with its emphasis on providing quality health information resources to students on and off campus. With the development and growth of new graduate programs, the Library must modify its collection development strategies to meet the broader educational needs of the campus, in both breadth of fields, and depth as more advanced graduate degree programs are developed. This Title III activity will focus on providing relevant electronic resources including books, journals, and databases to all programs. The Library will expand access to online resources with the addition of unlimited access to select resources, specifically clinical point of care tools. The outlined budget for the next 2 year cycle of Title III will allow the upgrade electronic resources, including databases that support the social sciences, behavioral sciences and public health. To meet demands for support from the expanding educational programs an Emerging Technology Librarian will be hired. This librarian will focus on the use and evaluation of appropriate learning technologies and resources in this ever-changing field. They will support the Library’s information literacy program which is a critical part of all graduate programs. In addition, as more students identified as “digital natives” enroll, the expectations for more mobile technologies and more demand for ‘consumer oriented’ technology is anticipated. The Library will increase availability of mobile applications from select electronic resources such as Epocrates, Evernote, and LexiComp. The Library will be using LibGuides as a way of customizing the Library resources on the Library’s website by creating subject guides that will indicate to students and faculty what Library resources are available, and this is one of the tasks that the Emerging Technology Librarian will be involved in keeping up-to-date. The activity will also support the creation of a least 3 semi-private study cubicles which will enable students to study without being interrupted.
Darlene Parker-Kelly, MLS
Director, Health Sciences Library