Community Outreach



Center for Disability Resources Library

The Center for Disability Resources (CDR) Library is a special print and multi-media collection focusing on developmental disabilities. The library is a collaborative effort between BabyNet/First Steps to School Readiness, the Center for Disability Resources, the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library. The collection has materials geared toward families as well as professionals working with individuals with disabilities. Materials from this library are loaned nationwide. Through the CDR Library Web site, patrons can search the library catalog, view the Subject Lists of Materials, and read “From the Stacks,” the Library’s monthly electronic newsletter. Patrons can also access the CDR Library blog and view an annotated list of statewide and national disability organizations and content providers.


Be Healthy…Read Healthy

The School of Medicine Library received funds from the South Carolina Legislature for the Be Healthy…Read Healthy project. The goal of the project was to increase access to health information for underserved individuals in rural and urban communities throughout South Carolina. As part of this project, the School of Medicine Library selected consumer health and disability information resources, ten books and one DVD, to distribute to each county library system in the state.Books and videos for Be Healthy…Read Healthy project

The books and DVDs were boxed and transported to the South Carolina State Library in May 2010 where they were placed in each of the public library’s pick up boxes. Each box included a letter to the public library director which explained the project goals and source of funding. A secondary goal of the Be Healthy…Read Healthy project was to promote the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) Library, so each box included several copies of the Center for Disability Resources Library brochure to help promote this special information resource to South Carolinians.


Go Local - South Carolina

Go Local-South Carolina, a partnership between the libraries of the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, is a statewide database that provides information on health services and resources throughout South Carolina. You can search by location, topic, or name of health service. Go Local-South Carolina is part of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s premier consumer health information resource. Using MedlinePlus, someone can read information about a health condition, then select Go Local to find resources related to their health issue in their community.

Go Local - South Carolina


Linking South Carolina Free Clinics to Quality Health Information

The goal of this project is to enhance the patient education efforts at free medical clinics in South Carolina. During this project, the library partnered with the following ten clinics: the Good Samaritan Clinic in Columbia, Mercy Medical Clinic in Florence, Greenville Free Medical Clinic, St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic in Spartanburg, Good Samaritan Medical Clinic in Chester, Good Neighbor Medical Clinic  in Beaufort, Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic in Orangeburg, Free Medical Clinic of Darlington and its satellite location in Hartsville, and Greater Greenwood United Ministry Free Medical/Dental Clinic and Clinica Gratis Free Clinic, both located in Greenwood.

This project strengthened the patient education efforts at these clinics by providing computer Suzie Foley using the kiosk at the Greenville Free Medical Clinicequipment to each clinic and increasing awareness and use of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s premier consumer health information resource. Project librarians conducted MedlinePlus training sessions at the clinics and created customized patient education web pages that link to MedlinePlus content, such as health topic pages and interactive health tutorials.

The library used project funds to purchase computer equipment that can be used for sharing health information in the waiting room, one-on-one patient education sessions, or group patient education classes. Seven of the clinics are using LCD monitors to show MedlinePlus LCD monitor showing MedlinePlus in Spartanburg tutorials in the waiting room, and two clinics are using a projector and screen for the same purpose. Two clinics are using a health information kiosk to provide access to MedlinePlus content to patients in the waiting room.

Projector and screen setup in Orangeburg waiting roomMedlinePlus training for Good Samaritan Clinic

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3502 with the University of Maryland Baltimore.



InfoAble Portal

The Creating the InfoAble Portal project was a collaboration with Family Connection of South Carolina, a community-based, family-focused organization for families who have children with special needs.Parent research workstation at the Family CenterDuring this project, librarians created the InfoAble Portal web site and purchased computer equipment for the Columbia Family Connection office’s Family Center.

The InfoAble Portal, a customized information resource that pulls together information from MedlinePlus, Clinical Trials.gov, PubMed, and the Center for Disability Resources Library, was developed to improve access to disability information. The InfoAble Portal features Disability Dashboards, which provide deep links to topic level content. These dashboard topics, including Asthma, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Fathers, Preemie, and Siblings , were based on support groups at Family Connection of South Carolina. The InfoAble Portal also has virtual tours of the CDR collection that simulate browsing the stacks for materials.

InfoAble Portal poster presentation

Project funding was used to purchase two workstations and a multi-media projector for the Family Center. One workstation is available for parents to use in performing research and accessing the InfoAble Portal. A multi-media projector and second workstation were installed in the conference/training room. Using the projector and workstation, parents can access the InfoAble Portal and share information during support group meetings and in-house training sessions.

The Library received an InfoAble Portal follow-up award, which was used to interconnect the six Family Connection of SC offices with a videoconferencing system to use for training sessions, support group meetings, and staff meetings. Project funds were used to purchase projectors and all-in-one conference cameras, which were distributed to each of the offices. Two tutorials about the InfoAble Portal and the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) Library were developed to promote and educate users about these resources. A training session covering how to use the equipment, Google Hangouts, the InfoAble Portal, and the CDR Library was held at the Columbia Family Connection of SC office.

This project has been funded in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NO1- LM-6-3502 with the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

InfoAble Logo



Health information access and technology enhancement project at the Autism Academy of South Carolina

This project was a collaboration with the Autism Academy of South Carolina, a not-for-profit organization offering individualized Applied Behavior Analysis therapy (ABA) to clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During this project, librarians conducted a "Quality Health Information Resources" training session, which covered MedlinePlus, the Center for Disability Resources Library, and the InfoAble Portal. Project funds were used to purchase six workstations for the computer lab at the Autism Academy of SC.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Computer lab at the Autism Academy of South Carolina Computer lab at the Autism Academy of South Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Building Partnerships Between Libraries and Community Emergency Management Personnel in South Carolina

The goal of this project is to strengthen and expand public library partnerships with first reponders and community emergency management personnel in South Carolina by planning, coordinating, and hosting a state-wide emergency preparedness conference.

Conference Website | Press Release

This project has been funded in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NO1- LM-6-3502 with the University of Maryland, Baltimore.


Radio Appearances

Members of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library faculty have been regular monthly guests on Health, Wealth, and Happiness, a local radio show, for over three years. Health, Wealth, and Happiness is on the air Monday through Friday from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm on WTGH 620 AM. The radio show provides librarians with an opportunity to reach the general public and supply them with information about consumer health web sites. These radio appearances are also an opportunity to promote the Library’s health information projects, such as the Center for Disability Resources Library and Go Local-SC, as well as MedlinePlus.

Librarians appear once a month to discuss the upcoming National Health Observances listed on the Healthfinder.gov web site. Librarians select web sites related to the observances to describe. In addition to covering some of the content available on the web site, they highlight unique features of the site and talk about the characteristics of a valid consumer health site.

Poster Presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting (5/21/06)


Community Service

Spring service project

Twice a year the library faculty and staff participate in community service projects. For the past several years we have chosen to support various areas at Palmetto Health. Some of our spring projects have been – stuffing hundreds of Easter eggs for the First Ladies’ Easter Hunt for patients treated at Children’s Hospital, donating toys for the Toy Box for children in the hospital, and purchasing needed items for Ronald McDonald House. For three years our holiday project has been donating gifts for cancer patients at Baptist & Richland.