Outreach Services Overview

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Contact Information

Lorraine Sheldon, MSIS - Outreach Librarian
Phone: 817-735-5125
E-mail: Lorraine.Sheldon@unthsc.edu

About Outreach Services

Since 1980, we have provided outreach to health professionals, hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations, independent medical facilities, medical researchers, and legal consultants in the medical and health fields. We also offer services to a host of other businesses, organizations, and individuals, primarily in the Fort Worth area. As a Resource Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, we function as a Medical and Health Resource Library in Texas. We also have state-wide responsibility to serve as the primary information resource for all of the Doctors of Osteopathy and osteopathic facilities in Texas.

See outreach programs for more information on past programs that have been offered. Examples include:

  • health literacy programming targeting lower income communities in Fort Worth
  • instructing Public Health practitioners in the use of mobile technologies and information resources
  • health literacy programming instructing seniors in Tarrant County in communicating effectively with physicians


Classes are offered for health professionals, public health practitioners, community-based organizations, professional associations, librarians, and any other entity desiring to learn more about health information resources. These classes are provided as a free outreach service and are sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region.

For healthcare professionals, we offer classes on the effective use of clinical literature and suggested resources. Additionally, we offer classes describing information resources for the layperson, health educators, and students. Classes on searching for medical resources online, services available from Lewis Library, and National Library of Medicine database searching (including the PubMed interface to MEDLINE and health resources from MedlinePlus) are always available.

Other classes can be developed to target specific topics and resources and may be offered at your facility or at the Lewis Library on the UNTHSC campus. Specific examples of educational classes offered as outreach programs include:

Consumer Health Education

Classes can be targeted to your specific audience, describing the consumer health and patient education resources from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Continuing Nursing Education Courses

Continuing Nursing Education credit is available from the National Library of Medicine for attending a one-hour training session describing the resources of the National Library of Medicine. The PubMed Basics class which describes the techniques for effectively searching the PubMed database, and Patient Education Resources from the National Library of Medicine which describes the consumer health tools available via the NLM, are the two classes presently offered for CNE credit. These classes can be presented at area hospitals and other training facilities.

NLM Resources Classes

Librarians teach classes in the use of National Library of Medicine databases and resources. Examples of classes that may be offered: Introduction to PubMed Searching, Consumer Health Resources from the National Library of Medicine.

Research Instruction

Individualized training courses describing effective database searching techniques, or courses tailored to the research interests of specific professions.

Library Tours

Come visit Gibson D. Lewis Library! Schools, organizations, or small groups can arrange tours of the building as well as library resources available to the community. Contact Lorraine Sheldon to schedule a visit.

Research Services

In addition to educational programing, research services are also offered. Among the services provided are literature searching, including online computer searching of medical, nursing, and more than 200 other online databases, citation verification assistance, publication support, document delivery, and Lonesome Doc services.

For more information, call 817-735-2070, or see research services and fees for services for more details.

Special Services for TOMA Members and Alumni

Texas Osteopathic Medical Association members and Alumni receive research services for a reduced fee. See fees for services for cost information.