The Northwest AHEC Library provides information resources, services, classes and consultations to further the Northwest AHEC mission.
Begun as a circuit-riding decentralized consortium program with four base libraries in the early 1970s, our library network has evolved as health systems and technology have evolved. We currently function as a network under a service-based cost-sharing model collocated at Watauga Medical Center in Boone in partnership with the Carpenter Library of Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Northwest AHEC cost-shares the expenses of the library operations with its partners. For each new fiscal year, all library expenses are estimated using the most current data available. Northwest AHEC is committed to paying 50% of the estimated total.
We provide a full-service world-class library program to our members as well as provide support for area health careers’ students and licensed/credentialed health care professionals.
Library staff also provide professional information support to Northwest AHEC staff members via collaboration on various continuing professional development endeavors, serving as presenters when appropriate, and providing information services presentations and displays to enhance professional development programs and workshops.
Northwest AHEC Information and Library Services provides a full-service library. Librarians provide document delivery; online literature search service – both urgent or standard; remote access to electronic journals; alerting services, such as literature alerts or customized search updates; and training in online searching skills.
Librarians deliver most information electronically and within two working days of your request. Alerting services are a way to keep up-to-date with all developments within your specialty, and librarians can customize your services to your individual needs. Online literature searches may be requested through a phone call or email. Studies have shown that the inexperienced searcher may find only 15% of the total available literature on Medline, compared with the 45% retrieved by the professional searcher. If you wish to hone your own searching skills, librarians conduct one-on-one, group practice, or formal hospital training sessions.
Not all the services will fit your needs, but check out the services available. Some of you will prefer to do your own searching; others will find it more efficient to have library staff work for you. Find the databases that are most pertinent to your needs. Let a librarian orient you to the structure and format. Arrange a site visit or have the librarian work with your whole practice during a "lunch and learn" in your office. Be proactive in making use of all the services, and tell your librarian what you found useful. This helps at a time when services are evolving. Your input will ensure you continue to have what you need, when you need it.
Quick tips for getting the most from your librarian:
- Be specific about the type of information you are looking for and the depth of your research.
- Discuss where you have already looked.
- Be prepared to explain your topic. You are the specialist.