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Community outreach library services in the UK: a case study of Wirral Hospital NHS Trust (WHNT)

Dowse, F. and Sen, B.A. (2007) Community outreach library services in the UK: a case study of Wirral Hospital NHS Trust (WHNT). Health Information and Libraries Journal, 24 (3). pp. 177-187. ISSN 1471-1834


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Aims and objectives: The study evaluates the Community Outreach Library Service at Wirral Hospital National Health Service Trust (WHNT). It considers the information seeking behaviour and information needs of primary care staff, and service effectiveness in meeting those needs.

Methods: A literature review established the current context and areas of best practice. The investigative case study used postal questionnaires to 250 primary care staff and an interview with the Community Outreach Librarian.

Findings: Themes emerged from the literature regarding information seeking behaviour, information needs, and meeting user needs through effective service delivery. Outreach services have value in terms of improving information skills and providing services at point of need. Time is a major constraint for both users and service providers.

Conclusions: Investment is needed from appropriate funding sources to support the provision and marketing of outreach library services. Librarians benefit from sharing best practice. The continued evaluation of outreach library services is recommended.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2009 15:27
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2014 11:06
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2007.00714.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2007.00714.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9303

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