Outreach Services Overview

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Contact Information

Lorraine Sheldon, MLS - 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 the Medical and Health Resource Library for twenty-four counties west of Fort Worth. 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.

For more information on past programs, see outreach programs. Examples of programs that have been offered 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.


Outreach Service Offerings

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 on the Internet, 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.

Medical/Clinical Literature Research Instruction
Individualized training courses on any desired topic can be developed and presented for local hospitals and organizations.

CNE 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.

Consumer Health Information Classes
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.


Other Services

Among the services offered are literature searching, instruction, location of factual information, citation verification assistance, library tours and orientation programs, and online computer searching of medical, nursing, and more than 200 other online databases. For more information, call 817-735-2070.

Document Delivery
Lewis Library provides a document delivery service by preparing print or electronic copies from its collections and delivering them to patrons throughout the area. As needed, we can also request copies and borrow books and media from other libraries. This is a fee-based service. For more information, see document delivery or fees for services.

Loansome Doc
Those who prefer to do their own searching in PubMed can order copies of articles from Lewis Library using PubMed's ordering system, Loansome Doc.  Before sending an order, an account must be created. See the Loansome Doc FAQ for instructions. For assistance, contact the document delivery office at ILLemail@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2491.

Special Services for TOMA Members
Texas Osteopathic Medical Association members receive services for a reduced fee. See services & resources for TOMA members for more information.