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LMU LIBRARY BRINGING MEDICAL RESEARCH TO “LOANSOME DOCS"



June 9, 2009 - The Lon and Elizabeth Parr Reed Medical and Allied Health Library at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is one of seven Tennessee Health Sciences Library Association member libraries that will provide access to full-text research articles to physicians across the state of Tennessee.

The participating libraries are part of a pilot project funded by a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) and in collaboration with the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA). Participating libraries will assist physicians who are members of the TMA but who are not currently affiliated with a medical library. Participating libraries will help physicians gain access to PubMed, an Internet resource available through the Library of Congress. PubMed has a special “Loansome Docs” tool that helps physicians obtain full-text journal articles from a local medical library. The seven participating medical libraries will provide the physicians in the pilot program with free full-text articles when they submit requests using the “Loansome Docs” online tool.

The project is the result of a survey of health information needs done by an NNLM/SEA funded statewide team that found that physicians often did not obtain current journal articles on medical advances due to time constraints, the inability to identify reliable research sources and the cost of obtaining full-text journal articles.

Lisa Travis, medical librarian at LMU’s Reed Medical and Allied Health Library, will be coordinating LMU’s efforts in the project. Travis has been assigned seven Tennessee counties, including Bedford, Campbell, Overton, Scott, Sumner, Smith and Wilson.

Travis was an exhibitor at the 2009 Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) Convention in Chattanooga to promote the pilot project among osteopathic physicians in the state. The exhibit was funded in whole with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NO1-LM-6-3502 with the University of Maryland Baltimore. LMU’s Reed Medical and Allied Health Library has been assigned the unaffiliated osteopathic physicians throughout the state.

“This is a great opportunity to help unaffiliated physicians while increasing the reach of LMU’s library services among healthcare providers,” said Travis.

The six other participating institutions are County General Hospital Learning Center in Jackson, Tenn.; Preston Medical Library at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville; St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.; East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine Library in Johnson City, Tenn.; Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn.,; and the Medical Library of Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail dcom@lmunet.edu, or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/dcom.

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