NLM Individual Fellowship for Informationist Training Michelle Brasure 2008-2009
‘Informationist’ • NLM: ‘information specialists who work in domain settings of healthcare, public health, and biomedical research as peers, in teams with scientists and health professionals’. • ‘in-context information specialist’ NLM, 2006 available at http://grant.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-509.html
Fellowship Intent • ‘Train health sciences librarians, scientists, health professionals, and others who wish to broaden their existing scientific background by acquiring the additional disciplinary knowledge and expertise to function as an informationist’. NLM, 2006 available at http://grant.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-509.html
My Background • MSPH and Ph.D. (1997) in Public Health • Four years research experience at University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center (HSRP) • Seven years experience at the Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Health Promotion (research, surveillance, program planning and evaluation, technical assistance to local public health, legislative reports, etc.)
Fellowship Components • Course Work • Practicum • Research
Coursework • College of St. Catherine’s MLIS program - classes necessary to obtain MLIS December 2009. • Three down, nine to go.
Advisory Committee • Linda Watson, Director HSL Libraries, UM • Mary Wagner, Director MLIS, St. Kate’s • Karla Block, Coordinator of Outreach, Communications, and Development, UM • Lisa McGuire, Library Liason to SPH, UM • Debra Olson, Executive Director for the Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach, UM • Donald Bishop, Director Center for Health Promotion, MDH • Paul Dahl, Library Director, MDH • Bonnie Westra, Asst. Professor Nursing, UM • Suzanne Miller, State Librarian, MDE
Practicum • Two areas of emphasis • Consumer health information issues • Public health information issues • Rotations through various departments in the Health Sciences Libraries
Research • Design, implement, and evaluate an outreach and training program to public health professionals working in local public health for the My Health MinnesotaGo Local project
NLM Fellowship Goal • ‘Upon completion of the training period, informationist fellows should be conversant with the culture, research practices, and policy trends in chosen domain of interest, familiar with the state of the art in information management, and familiar with the information environment that currently supports work and decisions in chosen domain’.
Contact Information Michelle Brasure Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota 301 Diehl Hall, 505 Essex St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 Phone: tba E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org