Touro-Harlem Medical Library Awarded Technology Grant from National Library of Medicine

Date: December 18, 2012
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New York, N.Y. –  The Touro-Harlem Medical Library has been awarded a federal grant to enhance student learning and community outreach through technology. The award, close to $10,000, will pay for 15 iPads and accessories for use by students and faculty at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) and Touro College of Pharmacy, both in Harlem.

The tablets are being funded by the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services. They will be used to show students how portable devices can provide better patient care during clerkships and practice experiences, and enable enhanced teaching possibilities to students and community residents in non-computer settings.

“We are extremely grateful for this grant, which will enable us to offer more services to students, faculty and the community,” said Shelly Warwick, Ph.D., director of the Touro-Harlem Medical Library. “The technology will help us attract more community members to our health information literacy activities and promote learning.”

After the iPads are purchased, the library will create a configuration of apps that will allow students to access library resources, health literacy tutorials, and apps that will support their studies. Students can test apps to see which ones they like before downloading them. Also, students will be trained to use the materials and present them in community settings, such as at health fairs, and at Touro’s health clinic in Harlem, where patients will be able to watch educational videos and tutorials while visiting the clinic.

“With these new tablets, any room can be converted into a classroom for health information literacy, using downloaded files and tutorials,” Dr. Warwick said.

The Touro-Harlem Medical Library, which opened in 2007, provides information and resources in basic science, bio-medicine, health, pharmacy and public health to support the curriculum and research goals of the Touro’s medical and pharmacy schools in Harlem.