The University of Iowa’s Critical Access Hospital Network provides support to ten rural clinics in southeastern Iowa. Last year the Director of Patient Care Services from one of these clinics contacted us requesting remote access to the databases available from the Hardin Library. The question that needed to be answered was whether or not we could allow remote access due to vender licensing agreements.
Our main objective was to create an electronic resource guide that would list all of the databases that the staff at all ten clinics could use as a reference point from which to remotely access these resources.
A needs assessment was conducted at the clinic to ascertain which databases the staff wanted access to. Later a meeting was held by our director Linda Walton and administration, where it was determined that granting the clinic remote access was not possible, but that we would allow the clinics to request articles via PubMed for free. I consulted with Pam Rees from the State Library of Iowa about their resources and realized that what can’t be freely access at Hardin can be accessed from the State Library of Iowa.
The result was the creation of a resource guide that lists free resources from each library. A series of training classes was conducted to introduce the clinic staff to the guide and to these resources. The staff is now aware of free biomedical databases that they can use to find information that will assist them in treating their patients.
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