95 areas in Maine have limited access to health information. While the local library is one place to access health information, the 95 libraries have limited open hours, outdated materials, and staff inexperienced in provided access to online information. Balsam supports the addition of a web page for library patrons to access the library's newly automated card catalog. Patrons with access to a web based catalog are more likely to view the library web page and then visit their library for help in using web pages. Adding the MedlinePlus link to both catalog and the individual library pages provides two direct links to the services of NNLM. Balsam will work with NNLM to provide the librarians with training on use of the NNLM links.
Maine Balsam Libraries Consortium