Technology support for Maine's 95 libraries to access MedlinePlus - Technology Award 2019-2020

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 While the local library is one place to access health information, the 95 libraries have limited open hours, outdated materials, and staff inexperienced in provided access to online information. Many patrons in 95 areas of Maine do not have 24/7 online access to their libraries. These libraries do not have an automated card catalog nor a library web page. Balsam provides training on the implementation and use of an automated card catalog and supports the addition of a web page for library patrons to access the catalog. Patrons with access to a web based catalog are more likely to view the library web page, use the online catalog, and visit their library for more help. Adding the MedlinePlus to both catalog and the library page provides two direct links to the services of NNLM.

Project Details

Organization Name

Maine Balsam Libraries Consortium

Organization Type
Project Lead

Nancy Grant

Start Date
May 1, 2019
End Date
April 30, 2020
Funding Amount
General Public
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health