Our Outreach Services are partially supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). We belong to the NN/LM’s Greater Midwest Region and work to support the goal of providing equal access to biomedical information for healthcare professionals and members of the general public through collaborations with other libraries and community-based organizations.

The Bio-Medical Library is one of fifteen Resource Libraries that is designated as an Outreach Library for the 10 state region - and the only Resource Library in Minnesota.

As part of our resource library role, we teach classes on National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, provide document delivery to unaffiliated healthcare professionals, partner with affiliate members of the network, and exhibit/present at community events or meeting of health professionals in the state where we promote NLM resources and services.

Exhibits / Exhibiting

The Health Sciences Libraries regularly exhibits at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference, the Many Faces of Health, the Minnesota State Fair, and the Minnesota Library Conference.

The HSL has also exhibited at the Minnesota Academy of Family Practitioners Spring Refresher, the Minnesota Dental Association Conference and the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit.

If you would like someone from HSL to present or exhibit at your event, please contact the Outreach Librarian.

Community Partnerships

The Health Sciences Libraries contribute to a number of initiatives to educate and improve the lives of the residents of Minnesota. Our Outreach Services seek internal and external partnerships to support our outreach goals, and will work collaboratively with individuals and organizations on projects related to health information or health information literacy.

Through community partnerships, we hope to provide training on how to obtain, understand, and use current, reliable health information. Our partnerships may include, but are not limited to:

  • Exhibits at health fairs and other health oriented events
  • Presentations or training workshops for health consumers, students, health professionals, librarians, and more.
  • Customized classes focused on finding and evaluating health information, with particular emphasis on resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Consultation for web literature guides and bibliographies on health topics
  • Assistance with the identification of funding opportunities from the NN/LM or NLM and the preparation of proposals.

Outreach to High Schools 

The University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library offers classes for high school teachers and their students who are interested in pursuing advanced studies in the health sciences, or have a general interest in science-related research. Classes can be taught at high schools, or at the Bio-Medical Library.  

The classes offer specialized training that will provide foundational skills related to health literacy and health-related research.  Students attending our courses will be introduced to the following topics:

  • How to effectively search PubMed, the most extensive database of research articles in health and medicine and how to determine whether a full-text copy of the article is available.
  • How to assess the reliability of health information found on the Internet. 
  • How to use MedlinePlus, a consumer health website produced by the National Library of Medicine.

If you are able to bring your students to our library, we can provide access to computers in our instructional space, an orientation to the library, an overview of our resources and services, and assistance in locating library resources. 

Past Partnerships / Programs

Health Literacy Program for Minnesota Seniors (HeLP MN Seniors) Evidence-Based Workshop Program (2010 - 2011)

Collaboration with the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership to develop the HeLP MN Seniors workshops and freely available curriculum to support older adults as they communicate with their healthcare providers and seek accurate online health information.

Access to Digital Libraries (2004)

Collaboration with the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena to improve digital connectivity for  healthcare providers and professionals in the community, with training provided by the Health Sciences Libraries.  

Health Information Access for Rural Nurse Practitioners (1997-2001)

Collaboration with librarians at six Minnesota institutions that offered graduate nurse practitioner (NP) programs to eliminate distance and other barriers to health information encountered by nurse practitioners students living in rural areas. Work included loaning laptops to nurse practitioner students, providing training, and offering financial support for local internet access and document delivery.

Mini-Medical School

Each semester, the Academic Health Center presents Mini Medical School for community members to offer a unique opportunity to examine the scientific foundations of health and disease. The Health Sciences Libraries provide demonstrations of freely available resources for people enrolled in Mini-Medical School.

Subject Specialist

Katherine Chew

Katherine Chew

305 Diehl Hall
(612) 626-3017

Del Reed

274 Diehl Hall
612-624-3128