Objectives: People in the LGBTQ2+ community have unique challenges when it comes to accessing healthcare and health information. In order to support the information needs of this community as well as the healthcare providers, researchers, and policy makers involved in delivering and improving health services, we developed a LGBTQ2+ Health Information LibGuide through a partnership between academic, hospital, and public libraries.
Methods: Working with the prideHealth coordinator for Nova Scotia Health Authority and public services at Halifax Public Libraries, we collected and vetted health information resources specific to the needs of the LGBTQ2+ health consumers. To support LGBTQ2+ health researchers and providers, we also assembled research evidence and methods resources. These health information resources are presented using the LibGuide platform to highlight services provided by the partners in this project. In order to meet the needs of the various information seekers, we consulted with individuals working in academic and health care delivery settings as well as members of the LGBTQ2+ community. Promotion for the guide includes distribution through the partnership and additional communication to key stakeholders involved with LGBTQ2+ health. We assess the impact of LGBTQ2+ Health Information LibGuide by examining the usage statistics and reviewing usability with our target audience.
Results: Results are forthcoming and will be presented during the presentation at MLA '17.
Conclusion: Conclusions will be presented during the presentation at MLA '17.
Keywords: LGBTQ2+ health, research support, hospital library, library partnership, consumer health, queer health information, information needs
Evidence Synthesis and Information Services Librarian
Halifax, NS, Canada
Robin Parker, BSc, MLIS, is part of the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library team at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, as Evidence Synthesis and Information Services Librarian in support of evidence-based practice (EBP) and systematic reviews in health care. Robin has also worked at London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario and more recently with the Research Methods Unit, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre, and Capital Health Library Services.
She provides instruction and research support for clinicians, faculty, and students in a number of residency programs and the undergraduate medicine curriculum. Robin is active with the Cochrane Collaboration and has frequently tutored at McMaster's Evidence-Based Clinical Practice workshop as a research librarian.
Research interests include evidence synthesis methodologies, particularly search methods for prognosis systematic reviews and scoping reviews, and the roles of health sciences librarians in medical education. Current projects include a systematic review looking at the impact of integrated research projects in undergraduate medical education, an assessment of online instructional resources for systematic review methods training, and collaborative initiatives to highlight library and health information for underserved populations such as LGBTQ+ and indigenous persons.
Librarian Educator, Staff Training & Education
Health Sciences Library
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Katie McLean, BA LIT MLIS is an information professional with Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) in Halifax. Katie has worked in a variety of libraries: public, academic, and special. Katie also spent a term researching the history of computing at McGill University as part of the History of McGill Project. At NSHA, Katie’s primary responsibilities are managing and developing content for the Library’s Training and Education Program, coordinating the Library’s web presence and supervising NSHA’s Dickson Building Library. She has also recently taken on a term as Interim Manager for Library Services within NSHA's Central Zone. Katie is an active member of the Maritime Health Library Association (MHLA), the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), the Medical Library Association (MLA) and is International News Editor for MLA News. Katie loves pets, high-quality television, as well as sharing and discussing all the weird and wonderful things the Internet has generated.
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