Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Original Publication Date


Journal/Book/Conference Title

Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2015 - Austin, TX

Date of Submission

July 2015


Objectives: To describe and evaluate the process by which a librarian became embedded into the nursing community on an academic health sciences center campus from 2010-2014. These efforts will be evaluated through qualitative and quantitative measures to determine the success of serving the nurses on campus and to address potential improvements.

Methods: In 2010, the library liaison program was enhanced with the goal of embedding into the professional schools. The nursing liaison leveraged relationships with faculty, staff and students to address the educational, research and clinical needs of the school of nursing as well as the nurses in the health system. Some of the new and expanded services developed to address needs include customized instructional sessions, onsite office hours , enhanced virtual services, expanded consultation services, individualized journal citation/subject alerts, and creating a social media presence. The success of these efforts is measured by quantitative data such as service metrics on the number of instructional sessions and consultations, assessments, and individual and group feedback. As the liaison has become more embedded, there has been an increase in new collaborative opportunities that are also tracked and assessed.

Results: More than 200% increase in the number of staff nurses, faculty, and students served within the health system and school of nursing, as well as a substantial increase in the number consultations and classes provided.

Appointed as Affiliate Faculty Member of VCU School of Nursing
Increased involvement in the preparation of grants
• 1 P30 Grant
• 3 RO1 Grants
• 1 AHRQ Grant

Co-Authored Papers with Faculty Members
Member of committees both within the health system, as well as the school of nursing.
Afforded opportunities to work on nursing projects on the state level through relationships made within the health system.

Conclusions: Efforts to embed into the nursing community was successful and has resulted in greater opportunities to meet the information needs of the members of the VCU School of Nursing, as well as the nurses that work to care for patients in the VCU Health System.


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